Mottled Sculpin (Cottus bairdii)

Also known as Beard's Sculpin, Blob, Bullhead, Columbia Sculpin, Freshwater Sculpin, Gudgeon, Miller's Thumb, Muddler, Rocky Mountain Sculpin, Sea Raven, Speckled Sculpin

Description

Also known as Beard's Sculpin, Blob, Bullhead, Columbia Sculpin, Freshwater Sculpin, Gudgeon, Miller's Thumb, Muddler, Rocky Mountain Sculpin, Sea Raven, Speckled Sculpin.

Found singly over gravel and rubble areas of creeks, headwaters, lakes and small rivers.
They feed on crustaceans, fish, fish eggs, insects larvae, plant material and worms.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-16m
Widespread North America

Scorpionfish are masters of camouflage, enabling them to lie in wait for their victims to come close, before lunging forward and inhaling their prey with their large mouths.
When disturbed they raise the spines along their backs and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
Highly dangerous and poisonous with venomous spines along its back if trodden on etc., can cause death! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/4065

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