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Slimy sculpin
(Cottus cognatus)
walrus
Description
Their eyes are located at the top of its head, permitting it to always keep an eye on what is going on above it towards the surface. They can be identified by their upper lips that are longer than their lower lips, and the fact that they have two dorsal fins. They don't have any scales and is very hard to see in the depths. Their dark coloration blends in quite well with the murky bottom.
Dimensions
They grow about 3 inches in length.
Diet
They are ambush predators. They feed primarily on insects, but also eat crustaceans, fish eggs, and small fish.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit cool streams and lakes, but prefer cold, deepwater environments. They are broadly distributed in northern North America, particularly along much of the Arctic coast in Alaska and Canada.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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