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Liparis pulchellus Ayres, 1855
Showy Snailfish
Family: Liparidae
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© Neil McDaniel  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #16010)

Source: Distribution of Liparis pulchellus as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 47 - 53; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 39 - 41. Caudal reduced but distinct.

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


Species Biology

Found on soft bottoms (Ref. 2850). Feed on crustaceans and polychaete worms (Ref. 6885). Taken by shrimp trawlers operating down to 92 m (Ref. 6885). Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 9 - 183 m (Ref. 2850) Climate: temperate; - 37°N

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



Northeast Pacific: southeastern Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to Monterey Bay, central California. Specimens reported from Peter the Great Bay and Aniva Bay are not Liparin pulchellus.

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) 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: 2024-04-12 5:34:44 PM]
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