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Myoxocephalus scorpioides (Kanayuk; Arctic sculpin; Northern sculpin)

Synonyms: Boreocottus axillaris; Cottus axillaris; Cottus scorpioides; Cottus scorpoides; Myoxocephalus axillaris
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Wikipedia Abstract

Myoxocephalus scorpioides, the arctic sculpin or the northern sculpin, is a predatory species of sculpin in the fish family Cottidae. The species is native to the Arctic Ocean around Canada and Greenland, specifically in James Bay and the Strait of Belle Isle, and towards the Bering Sea. It has the ability to synthesize antifreeze proteins, allowing it to withstand temperatures as low as -2°C. It serves as the host for Haemobaphes cyclopterina, a parasitic species of copepod.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Ib 12402936 Alaska, United States
Auyuittuq National Park II 4808115 Nunavut, Canada
Ivvavik National Park II 2382752 Yukon, Canada


Parasitized by 
Diplocotyle olrikii[1]
Neophasis oculata[1]

External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Gibson, 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