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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Cottidae
Genus: Clinocottus
T. N. Gill, 1861

Clinocottus is a genus of sculpins, nearshore benthic fishes native to the northeastern Pacific Ocean. They are mentioned as sharpnose sculpins.[1]

Molecular data indicate that this genus is polyphyletic or paraphyletic, it does not constitute a natural assemblage within Cottidae.[2]


There are currently five recognized species in this genus:[3]


  1. ^ Clinocottus Gill, 1861 ITIS
  2. ^ Thaddaeus J. Busera, J. Andrés López (2015) Molecular phylogenetics of sculpins of the subfamily Oligocottinae (Cottidae) Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 86, 64–74
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Clinocottus in FishBase. December 2012 version.