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Rosylip sculpin

Ascelichthys rhodorus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Spotted in a tide pool at Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary.

Notes:

Native to the eastern Pacific Ocean from Alaska to central California where it is an inhabitant of tidepools and other intertidal environments.

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5 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 days ago

Yes, I totally understand that sense of urgency with the tides, or just the next big wave. A couple of my rock pool adventures reminded me yet again that you should never turn your back on the ocean. I hope the little fish was OK.

Brian38
Brian38 6 days ago

I'm sure there was an epic battle for supremacy Neil. I didn't wait around to find out though. I was in - take as many pictures as I can mode, before the tide came in. Neil there were so many different creatures and organisms in these tide pools - it was insane.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 days ago

WOW! I do not trust "that crab" at the top of the second photo! Get out of there, little fella! Did you wait to see what happened next, Brian?

Brian38
Brian38 a week ago

Thank you much Tukup.

Tukup
Tukup a week ago

Great shot Brian.

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.17, Long: -123.71

Spotted on Apr 20, 2019
Submitted on May 14, 2019

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