Leiocottus hirundo

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Leiocottus hirundo
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Cottidae
Genus: Leiocottus
Girard, 1856
Species: L. hirundo
Binomial name
Leiocottus hirundo
Girard, 1856

Leiocottus hirundo, the lavender sculpin, is a species of sculpin, a nearshore benthic fish native to the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is found from southern California, USA to northern Baja California, Mexico. It lives from inshore waters to a depth of around 37 metres (121 ft). This species grows to a length of 25 centimetres (9.8 in) TL.

Leiocottus hirundo is the only member of its genus. However, phylogenetically it falls within the diversity of the genus Clinocottus. It is a sister taxon to Clinocottus analis.[1]


  1. ^ Thaddaeus J. Busera, J. Andrés López (2015) Molecular phylogenetics of sculpins of the subfamily Oligocottinae (Cottidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 86, 64–74.