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    • Leptocottus armatus
  • English
    • Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
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    • charrasco de astas

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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wendy5

Date

June 23, 2016

Description

This poor fish, Leptocottus armatus (Pacific Staghorn Sculpin), was grabbed on its tail by a Hemigrapsus oregonensis (Green Shore Crab).

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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meriwether

Date

May 20, 2016

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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wendy5

Date

May 12, 2016

Description

This Leptocottus armatus (Pacific Staghorn Sculpin) was one of five we found while conducting a survey of crabs.

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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jaykeller

Date

April 16, 2016 10:37 AM PDT

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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kmh221

Date

October 19, 2015 01:15 PM PDT

Description

no scales & antler-like preopercular spines

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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skunktefied

Date

October 13, 2015

Description

This sculpin was caught at Jackson beach. It was about 7 inches long and had the antler like preopercular spins along the side of its head.

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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aewitt

Date

November 16, 2015 08:46 PM PST

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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sneha

Date

October 27, 2015 05:13 PM PDT

Description

Found seining off Jackson beach. Distinct preopercular spines that are forked. Display horns when agitated. 15 to 20 cm in length.

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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aewitt

Date

October 27, 2015 05:14 PM PDT

Description

Antler shaped projections from fin cover, yellow with mottled brown coloring

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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wesley2

Date

October 13, 2015 01:58 PM PDT

Description

Found seining off the coast of Jackson Beach. The sculpin lacked scales and had unique preopercular spines which upon further inspection were spines which had small points, forming a forked spine at the tip of the preopercle. Sculpins caught had light brown coloration and were very rapid swimmers when disturbed in their tank. The fish was over 10cm in length, but came in a variety of smaller sizes. The sculpin displayed its spines when disturbed/touched as they may form a manner of defense.

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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wendy5

Date

July 17, 2015

Description

This is a Leptocottus armatus (Staghorn Sculpin) in a plastic container of water. It was brought up in a seine in an educational project at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Its little horns kept getting caught on the net, and were difficult to release.

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Pacific Staghorn Sculpin Leptocottus armatus

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bioblitzupload

Date

July 18, 2015
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Description from Wikipedia

The Pacific staghorn sculpin, Leptocottus armatus, is a common sculpin (Cottidae) found in shallow coastal waters along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja California. The sole member of its genus, it is unusual for having spined antler-like projections on its gill covers; it can raise the projections as a defense mechanism.

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