Friends of Colorado Lagoon summer celebration AM collection
Caught in a trawl.
This poor fish, Leptocottus armatus (Pacific Staghorn Sculpin), was grabbed on its tail by a Hemigrapsus oregonensis (Green Shore Crab).
This Leptocottus armatus (Pacific Staghorn Sculpin) was one of five we found while conducting a survey of crabs.
no scales & antler-like preopercular spines
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.
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.