Content tagged with "sculpin"

Banded Sculpin

Image of a banded scuplin
Cottus carolinae
This rather strange-looking freshwater fish belongs to a family and an order whose members are mostly marine—and indeed, the banded sculpin looks quite a bit like its cousins, which sometimes end up in saltwater aquariums. More

Grotto and Banded Sculpins

Illustration of Grotto and Banded Sculpins.
Grotto sculpin (left) are a cave-dwelling type of banded sculpin (right). Biologists may soon determine that grotto sculpin deserve their own scientific name, separate from the "regular" banded sculpin. More

Grotto Sculpin

Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.
Cottus specus
A rare fish adapted cave conditions, the grotto sculpin used to be considered simply a different form of banded sculpin. It has recently been designated an endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It's found only in Perry County, Missouri. More

Grotto Sculpin

Grotto sculpin are adapted for cave life. The overall color is light tan to bleached tan, with underparts unpigmented. More

Grotto Sculpin (Side View)

Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.
The grotto sculpin is a unique, cave-dwelling population of banded sculpin found only in Perry County, Missouri. Unlike other banded sculpin, grotto sculpin have smaller eyes, paler bodies and other features fitting them for cave life. More

Two Grotto Sculpin

Photo of two grotto sculpin.
Grotto sculpin live in and around 6 cave systems in Perry County. Adult length is between 2½ and 4 inches. More