CottidaeSculpins

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There are 300 species of sculpins found in the northern hemisphere and New Zealand. Most species are found in oceans but a few are adapted to freshwater habitats.Their bodies are smooth but ornamented with prickly scales or spines. Their eyes are large and often sit high on the head. These are generally slow-moving, bottom-dwelling fish.

Contributors

Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

Glossary

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.

chemical

uses smells or other chemicals to communicate

motile

having the capacity to move from one place to another.

natatorial

specialized for swimming

tactile

uses touch to communicate