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Slimy Sculpin

Cottus cognatus

Description:

Small freshwater fish, about 3 to 4 inches long as adults. They hide under rocks and shoot out quickly when disturbed. Their color and pattern helps them to camouflage against the silt and rocks in the creek. Diet consists mostly of insects and water-dwelling larvae, though they will also eat smaller fish, fish eggs, and crustaceans.

Habitat:

Rocky creek.

Notes:

I saw several of these today, so decided to make another spotting. I was able to get the largest one to sit in my hand without disturbing it.

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Shane_S
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Shane_S

New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 7, 2012
Submitted on Aug 7, 2012

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