Scaled sculpin

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Scaled sculpins
Spatulate Sculpin.jpg
Icelus spatula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Cottidae
Genus: Icelus
Krøyer, 1845

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Scaled sculpins (genus Icelus) are a group of small benthic fishes (up to 25 cm) living in cold waters. They are mainly found in the North Pacific, with some species in the North Atlantic. They are characterized by a large, laterally compressed head and small spines. The lateral line is present and the dorsal fin base are dotted with scutes (plates).

In FishBase[1] and Nelson[2] the genus is included in the family Cottidae of sculpins but in some classifications it is raised to its own family, Icelidae Berg, 1940.


The 17 recognized species in this genus are:[3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Cottidae" in FishBase. February 2006 version.
  2. ^ Joseph S. Nelson. Fishes of the World (3rd edition ed.). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-54713-1. 
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Icelus in FishBase. December 2012 version.