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Blepsias cirrhosus (Silverspotted sculpin; Silver spot; Little dragon sculpin)

Synonyms: Blepsias draciscus; Blepsias trilobus; Trachinus cirrhosus
Language: Japanese; Korean; Mandarin Chinese; Russian

Wikipedia Abstract

The silverspotted sculpin, Blepsias cirrhosus, is a scorpaeniform marine fish in the sea raven family Hemitripteridae, native to the northern Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Japan and Alaska to San Miguel Island off southern California. Its name originates from its elongated, sail-like first dorsal fin; the sailfin sculpin is also a popular subject in public aquariums.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aleutian Islands Biosphere Reserve 2720489 Alaska, United States    
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve II 366714 British Columbia, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Heptacarpus stimpsoni (Stimpson coastal shrimp)[1]
Neomysis mirabilis[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Hexagrammos stelleri (Greenling)1
Hydrolagus colliei (Spotted rattfish)1
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus (Sculpin)1


Parasitized by 
Derogenes varicus[3]
Genolinea anura[3]
Genolinea laticauda[3]
Lecithaster gibbosus[3]
Podocotyle radifistuli <Unverified Name>[3]
Podocotyle reflexa[3]
Podocotyle sinusacca[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium du Quebec
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Rotterdam Zoo


Alaska (USA); California Current; Canada; Gulf of Alaska; Japan; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; North Pacific: Sea of Japan to the Bering Sea and to San Simeon, central California, USA.; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Northwest; Sea of Japan; Sea of Okhotsk; USA (contiguous states); West Bering Sea;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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