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Spoonhead Sculpin (Cottus ricei)

With its vogue style, the spoonhead sculpin is the kind of fish you want to know, but may never have the chance to properly meet. For this fish, scales are passé. Instead, the spoonhead sculpin has small, curved spikes all over its body. Combined with a speckled coat, it sports quite the beguiling look. Don't get your hopes up in befriending this species, though. Despite years of trying to know this sculpin's habits, no one knows all that much. A few interesting tid-bits have leaked out, though. First, the spoonhead sculpin doesn't have a swim bladder. Who needs one anyway? The bottom of the lake is so much cooler. And second, this sculpin is more sensitive to lower frequencies of sound. All the better to detect and defend from the prying eyes of its distant admirers, right?


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