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Listvyanka Musée Baïkalski (Omouls).JPG
Cottocomephorus grewingkii above
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Superfamily: Cottoidea
Family: Cottocomephoridae

Cottocomephoridae, or the bighead sculpins or Baikal sculpins, are a family of scorpaeniform fishes mostly endemic to Russia (one species ranges into Mongolia) where they are mostly found in Lake Baikal and surrounding lakes and rivers.[1]

The Catalog of Fishes does not recognize Cottocomephoridae as a separate family, but includes its members in the Cottidae.[2]

Members of Cottocomephoridae form a major part of the diet of the Baikal seal, especially in the autumn.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Cottocomephoridae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ WN Eschmeyer, JD Fong (2015) Species by family/subfamily in the Catalog of Fishes California Academy of Sciences (15 Feb 2015)
  3. ^ "Baikal seal". Retrieved 7 June 2017.