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The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker
(Eumicrotremus orbis)
walrus
Description
They have an almost spherical or global head and body shape, and do not have scales. Instead the body is covered with plate-like structures containing spiny lumps called tubercles. Females have more tubercles than males. They have a squared dorsal fin, a caudal fin that is rounded, thin, and transparent pectoral fins and a specialized fringed sucker disk on their stomachs that has evolved is a modification of their pelvic fins. Their mouth is wide with flat large lips and large protruding eyes. They have a wide range of colors: shades of brown to green, often with yellow or orange highlights.
Dimensions
They grow from 3 to 5 inches.
Diet
They feed on slow moving crustaceans, polychaete worms, and mollusks that are found in the sandy or muddy bottoms.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit ocean or bay shallows and tidepools. They can be found in the Northwest, Alaska.
Conservation status
 

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