Blepsias cirrhosus (Pallas, 1814)
Silverspotted sculpin
Blepsias cirrhosus
photo by Love, M.

Family:  Agonidae (Poachers), subfamily: Hemitripterinae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 150 m
Distribution:  North Pacific: Sea of Japan to the Bering Sea and to San Simeon, central California, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-25; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 18-21. Caudal fin rounded. Pelvic fins small.
Biology:  Occurs in intertidal areas and to 37 m depth, but more common in subtidal areas (Ref. 2850). Often found among algae (Ref. 2850). Adults inject eggs into the tissue near the gastral cavity of a sponge to use as a spawning bed (Ref. 34818).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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