Sculpin ID

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Scott G
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Sculpin ID

Post by Scott G » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:09 am

At the risk of asking another obvious ID...

what is this Sculpin?
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also added photo of juv Buffalo sculpin, with a weird look on its face. I wouldn't trust this one.
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Re: Sculpin ID

Post by Dusty2 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:30 am

I'm thinkin Buffalo on the first one also. Don't let the color throw you. They can change to fit there surroundings

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Re: Sculpin ID

Post by Scott G » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:00 pm

I thought buffalo at first, but his head looked a different shape than usual?... shaped a little more sleekly, opercul spine not really obvious, and more bulgy eyed or something?.. It could be that i'm seeing things. :)

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Re: Sculpin ID

Post by nwscubamom » Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:05 pm

I'm thinking Buffalo too - the blunt head, and the large cheek spine are some things that stick out in this photo. But you're right - it doesn't look like the typical little Buffalo (like your second photo shows) where they have the sharp demarcations between white and black sections along their back. I think it's the camo job on that first photo that's throwing us off. Quite interesting!

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Re: Sculpin ID

Post by Biodiversity_Guy » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:17 pm

Buffalo was my first reaction when seeing it.

Any more info about depth, estimated length, habitat, etc?

Sculpins, gotta love them, they keep us challenged! And humble.

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Re: Sculpin ID

Post by Sounder » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:41 pm

I'm making Janna proud by doing the "Buffalo Sculpin" dance while I agree with the others on the ID.
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Re: Sculpin ID

Post by nwscubamom » Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:54 am

Sounder wrote:I'm making Janna proud by doing the "Buffalo Sculpin" dance while I agree with the others on the ID.


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