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Variegated Snailfish

Liparis gibbus

Description:

A species of snailfish, but I am having a hard time finding pictures to confirm ID. When we pulled it in the boat we noticed the fish smelled very bad, despite being alive and it swam away fine when we released it.

Habitat:

Close to Kodiak in a crab pot that was at least 400 ft deep

Notes:

Looks like the fish on this page: http://www.fishbase.org/photos/thumbnail... or the one on page 157 of this: http://juneaunature.org/wp-content/uploa... First of this genus and species on PN

2 Species ID Suggestions

snailfish
Liparidae Snailfish
Variegated Snailfish
Liparis gibbus


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5 Comments

Machi
Machi 6 years ago

Thank you Kellii! What did you use as an identification guide?

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 7 years ago

I love your snailfish.

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

What a strange looking creature! Thanks for sharing.

Jellis
Jellis 7 years ago

Could list it just as a Snailfish -Liparidae

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 7 years ago

According to Eschmeyer et al. (1983), there are about 50 species of snailfish along the Pacific Coast. Of these, only about 13 occur in nearshore waters (less than 600 fet deep). Most species vary in color, and with or without patterns. They are best identified by various technical features.

Machi
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Machi

Alaska, USA

Spotted on Mar 19, 2014
Submitted on Mar 19, 2014

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