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Ascelichthys rhodorus is in the Order Scorpaeniformes, which is a diverse group of fish that includes Scorpionfishes and flatheads. It's the only sculpin that lacks pelvic fins. This one was about 8 cm long. and patiently waiting for the tide to come back as it was being crowded by crabs.
Spotted in a tide pool at Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary.
Native to the eastern Pacific Ocean from Alaska to central California where it is an inhabitant of tidepools and other intertidal environments.
Spotted on Apr 20, 2019
Submitted on May 14, 2019
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