Pacific spiny lumpsucker
|Pacific spiny lumpsucker|
The pacific spiny lumpsucker is a globular shaped fish that typically measures 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 cm) in length, with a maximum known length of around 7 inches (18 cm). The body of the fish is covered in cone-shaped plates, called tubercles. Females are dull green in color, while males are dull orange to reddish brown.
The pacific spiny lumpsucker's pelvic fins have evolved into a large suction cup, allowing it to attach to surfaces. Pacific spiny lumpsuckers are most commonly found attached to solid objects and are ineffective swimmers. They are considered harmless to humans.
Distribution and habitat
This species inhabits a wide variety of habitats, including eelgrass beds, rocky reefs, kelp patches, shallow bays, and docks. They can be found in near shore waters to a depth of 500 feet (150 m).
This species is known to spawn in shallow waters between the months of July and October. The females lay large, spherical, orange-colored eggs on rocks. Females typically lay around 200 eggs at a time. After the eggs are laid, the male attaches himself to a nearby surface where he cares for the eggs by defending them from predators and circulating water over them with his fin.
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