Wooly Sculpin (Clinocottus analis)
Contributed by TPERP Becky Wieder
Where to find them: From Cape Mendocino in northern California to central Baja California in Mexico
What do they eat: Crustaceans, molluscs and other small prey such as worms
Who eats them: Great Blue Heron, other shore birds, larger fish and crabs
Adaptations: They are covered with cirri and prickles, and they come in a wide variety of colors (brown, reddish, green, green-black) and are mottled and speckled. Fish in the shallower pools are lighter colored than those in deeper pools. They are typically 2 to 7 inches in length.
Reproduction: Spawning occurs throughout the year with the number of eggs ranging from 50 to 1,300.
What is their life like: They are bottom dwelling fish. The females live about 6 years and the males live about 8 years.
Interesting Facts: Change color to match background. They can breathe air through their skin.
Sources of Information:
Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast, Milton S. Love, (Reallybigpress.com, 2011)
Last revised 01-Sep-14