Psychrolutes paradoxus Günther, 1861
Tadpole sculpin
Psychrolutes paradoxus
photo by Nichols, J.

Family:  Psychrolutidae (Fatheads)
Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 1100 m
Distribution:  North Pacific: Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan (Ref. 559) to the Bering Sea and southern Puget Sound, Washington, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-17; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-14. Caudal fin rounded.
Biology:  Found on soft bottoms and possibly rocky bottoms (Ref. 2850). Reported near shore (Ref. 2850). Prefers low temperatures (Ref. 6885).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Orlov, Alexei - 23.03.06
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.07.94

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