E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Icelinus borealis Gilbert, 1896
Northern Sculpin
Family: Cottidae
Photo of species

© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #2139)

Source: Distribution of Icelinus borealis as compiled by Aquamaps
E-Fauna's interactive maps for fish are not yet available.

Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 9 - 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15 - 17; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12 - 14. Caudal fin well rounded; pelvic fins small, frequently curved (Ref. 6885). Color dark olive gray or brown on dorsal surface, lighter below; dark saddles, usually four, across body; fine dark brown bars on head and all fins except anal; black spots on the fringe of the dorsal fin dark in males (Ref. 6885).

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


Species Biology

Found on soft or shell bottoms (Ref. 2850). Feeds on shrimps (Ref. 4925). Occurs at minimum depth of 9 m (Ref. 06885). Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 9 - 310 m (Ref. 58496). Climate: temperate; - 47°N

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



Eastern Pacific: Bering Sea coast of Alaska to Puget Sound, Washington, USA.

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
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Additional Range and Status Information Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. 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: 2024-04-22 9:51:56 AM]
Disclaimer: The information contained in an E-Fauna BC atlas pages is derived from expert sources as cited (with permission) in each section. This information is scientifically based.  E-Fauna BC also acts as a portal to other sites via deep links.  As always, users should refer to the original sources for complete information.  E-Fauna BC is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the original information.

© E-Fauna BC 2021: An initiative of the Spatial Data Lab, Department of Geography, UBC