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Oligocottus maculosus Girard, 1856
Tidepool Sculpin
Family: Cottidae

© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #2140)

Source: Distribution of Oligocottus maculosus as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 8 - 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16 - 18; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12 - 14. Caudal fin rounded; .

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)


Species Biology

A resident intertidal species with homing behavior (Ref. 32612), found in sheltered areas and common in tide pools (Ref. 2850). In areas with rough surf, it occurs in higher, more sheltered places (Ref. 2850). Can leave tide pools when aquatic conditions become inhospitable (Ref. 31184). Shows a tendency to return to its home pool if displaced (Ref. 6885). Breathes air when out of water (Ref. 31184). Environment: demersal; non-migratory; marine; depth range 0 - 102 m (Ref. 58496) Climate: temperate; 66°N - 32°N

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)



North Pacific: Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea to Los Angeles County, USA, but records west of the Gulf of Alaska doubtful.

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2020-07-01 11:35:26 PM]
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