Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
(Leptocottus armatus)

image of a Pacific Staghorn Sculpin

Image ID: 133-01

Other shots:  image of a Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
Comments : One of my favorite sculpins. An indiscriminating feeder, we used to catch these little scuplins all the time when we were kids (we called them "bullheads"), providing us with endless hours of fun. Now, if I am lucky, I get to watch them bury themselves in the sand and ambush unsuspecting prey. This species is easily distinguished by it's coloration, striped pectoral fins, and horns which it can extend on the sides of it's head when threatened (not extended in this picture).
Common name : Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
Scientific Name : Leptocottus armatus
Location Found : Three Tree Point, Central Puget Sound
Actual Size : 10 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX w/1->3T macro
Natural History :