Animalia > Chordata > Scorpaeniformes > Cottidae > Myoxocephalus > Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus

Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus (Sculpin; Great sculpin)

Synonyms: Ainocottus ensiger; Cottus polyacanthocephalus; Myoxocephalus ensiger
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Wikipedia Abstract

Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus, also known as the great sculpin, is a North Pacific species of sculpin in the family Cottidae. Its range encompasses the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands, and extends from Hokkaido and the Kamchatka Peninsula to the Puget Sound, Washington.It is the largest member of the genus Myoxocephalus and the second most common in the Bering Sea. It can grow to a size of 80 cm and 9 kg weight. Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus is a predatory fish. It has acellular bones.
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Migration [1]  Amphidromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aleutian Islands Biosphere Reserve 2720489 Alaska, United States    
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve II 366714 British Columbia, Canada
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve 293047 British Columbia, Canada  
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Beringraja binoculata (Big skate)[2]
Hexagrammos stelleri (Greenling)[5]
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)[2]


External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Feeding Interactions and Diet of Carnivorous Fishes in the Shelikhov Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk, V. V. Napazakov, Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 2008, Vol. 34, No. 7, pp. 452–460
4Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
5The Diet of White-Spotted Greenling Hexagrammos stelleri (Hexagrammidae) on the West Kamchatka Shelf, V. V. Napazakov, Journal of Ichthyology, 2010, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 100–104
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0