Amur sculpin

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Amur sculpin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Cottidae
Genus: Mesocottus
Species: M. haitej
Binomial name
Mesocottus haitej
(Dybowski, 1869)

Cottus haitej

The Amur sculpin (Mesocottus haitej) is a species of freshwater sculpin native to eastern Asia where it is found in Russia, China and Mongolia - in the Amur River basin and some adjacent territories (the Tugur and the Uda Rivers flowing into the Sea of Okhotsk north from the Amur River, north-west of Sakhalin Island opposite the mouth of the Amur River). The Amur sculpin grows to a length of 20 centimetres (7.9 in) TL.[1] This species is the only known member of its genus. According to the result of a pilot phylogenetic analysis, the freshwater Mesocottus is a sister lineage to the Cottus clade.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Mesocottus haitej" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ Shedko, SV; Miroshnichenko, IL; Nemkova, GA (Jul 31, 2013). "Complete mitochondrial genome of the poorly known Amur sculpin Mesocottus haitej (Cottoidei: Cottidae)". Mitochondrial DNA. 26: 147–148. doi:10.3109/19401736.2013.819496. PMID 23901915.