From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Psychrolutes phrictus 1.jpg
Blob sculpin, Psychrolutes phrictus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Psychrolutidae
Genus: Psychrolutes
Günther, 1861

See text

Psychrolutes is a genus of fish of the family Psychrolutidae (fathead sculpins). Though found predominantly in the deep sea, a handful[1] of species are present in the intertidal regions of the North Pacific rim.[2] In June 2003, During the NORFANZ Expedition north-west of New Zealand, scientists trawled a specimen of P. microporos at a depth between 1,013 metres (3,323 ft) and 1,340 metres (4,400 ft) on the Norfolk Ridge.[3]


There are currently 11 recognized species in this genus:[4]


  1. ^ "Psychrolutidae" (PDF). 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer; Orlov, Alexei. "Psychrolutes paradoxus Günther, 1861". FishBase. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Census of Marine Life pictures of new ocean species discovered". The Daily Telegraph, UK. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Psychrolutes in FishBase. December 2012 version.