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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Cottidae Sculpins

Genus: Cottus

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North America
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Cottus aleuticus Gilbert, 1896

Photo by Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Cottus aleuticus
[Coastrange sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.1 cm TL

 
Cottus altaicus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 20.8 cm TL

 
Cottus amblystomopsis
[Sakhalin sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Cottus asper Richardson, 1836

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Cottus asper
[Prickly sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.6 cm TL

 
Cottus asperrimus
[Rough sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm SL

 
Cottus aturi
[Chabot du Béarn]



North America
Max. Length 8.4 cm TL
Cottus baileyi Robins, 1961

Photo by Photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF
 
Cottus baileyi
[Black sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Cottus bairdii Girard, 1850

Photo by Photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF
 
Cottus bairdii
[Mottled sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Cottus beldingii Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1891

Photo by Photo by Ribeiro, F.
 
Cottus beldingii
[Paiute sculpin]
No picture found


 
Cottus bendirei
[]



North America
Max. Length 6.3 cm SL
Cottus caeruleomentum Kinziger, Raesly & Neely, 2000

Photo by Photo by Gratwicke, B.
 
Cottus caeruleomentum
[Blue Ridge sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Cottus carolinae (Gill, 1861)

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Cottus carolinae
[Banded sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.5 cm SL

 
Cottus chattahoochee
[]



North America
Max. Length 12.1 cm TL
Cottus cognatus Richardson, 1836

Photo by Photo by Scarola, J.F.
 
Cottus cognatus
[Slimy sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Cottus confusus Bailey & Bond, 1963

Photo by Photo by Eakins, R.
 
Cottus confusus
[Shorthead sculpin]



Asia
Max. Length 19.5 cm TL
Cottus czerskii Berg, 1913

Photo by Photo by Kim, I.-S.
 
Cottus czerskii
[Cherskii's sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm SL

 
Cottus duranii
[Chabot d'Auvergne]
No picture found

Max. Length 11.4 cm TL

 
Cottus dzungaricus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.2 cm SL

 
Cottus echinatus
[Utah Lake sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 13 cm TL

 
Cottus extensus
[Bear Lake sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Cottus girardi Robins, 1961

Photo by Photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF
 
Cottus girardi
[Potomac sculpin]



Europe
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Cottus gobio Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Kohout, J.
 
Cottus gobio
[Bullhead]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.3 cm SL

 
Cottus gratzianowi
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Cottus greenei
[Shoshone sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 11 cm TL

 
Cottus gulosus
[Riffle sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm SL

 
Cottus haemusi
[]



Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Cottus hangiongensis Mori, 1930

Photo by Photo by Miyahara, H.
 
Cottus hangiongensis
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 10.5 cm SL

 
Cottus hispaniolensis
[Chabot des Pyrénées]
No picture found

Max. Length 11.2 cm SL

 
Cottus hubbsi
[]



North America
Max. Length 8.5 cm SL
Cottus hypselurus Robins & Robison, 1985

Photo by Photo by Tumlison, R.
 
Cottus hypselurus
[Ozark sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 9 cm SL

 
Cottus immaculatus
[Knobfin sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 11 cm SL

 
Cottus kanawhae
[]



Asia
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Cottus kazika Jordan & Starks, 1904

Photo by Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Cottus kazika
[Fourspine sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Cottus klamathensis
[Marbled sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.9 cm SL

 
Cottus kolymensis
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.2 cm TL

 
Cottus koreanus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm SL

 
Cottus koshewnikowi
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.1 cm TL

 
Cottus kuznetzovi
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 11 cm TL

 
Cottus leiopomus
[Wood River sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 13 cm TL

 
Cottus marginatus
[Margined sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.7 cm SL

 
Cottus metae
[]



Europe
Max. Length 10.1 cm SL
Cottus microstomus Heckel, 1837

Photo by Photo by Freyhof, J.
 
Cottus microstomus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.9 cm TL

 
Cottus nasalis
[Tubenose sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm SL

 
Cottus nozawae
[]



North America
Max. Length 4.5 cm TL
Cottus paulus Williams, 2000

Photo by Photo by Burkhead, N.
 
Cottus paulus
[Pygmy sculpin]



Europe
Max. Length 13.4 cm TL
Cottus perifretum Freyhof, Kottelat & Nolte, 2005

Photo by Photo by Freyhof, J.
 
Cottus perifretum
[Chabot fluviatile]



North America
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Cottus perplexus Gilbert & Evermann, 1894

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Cottus perplexus
[Reticulate sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.4 cm SL

 
Cottus petiti
[Chabot du Lez]
No picture found

Max. Length 13 cm TL

 
Cottus pitensis
[Pit sculpin]



Europe and Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Cottus poecilopus Heckel, 1837

Photo by Photo by Sediva, A.
 
Cottus poecilopus
[Alpine bullhead]



Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Cottus pollux Günther, 1873

Photo by Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Cottus pollux
[Japanese fluvial sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Cottus princeps
[Klamath Lake sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 12 cm SL

 
Cottus reinii
[]



Europe
Max. Length 10 cm SL
Cottus rhenanus Freyhof, Kottelat & Nolte, 2005

Photo by Photo by Freyhof, J.
 
Cottus rhenanus
[Chabot de Rhénanie]
No picture found

Max. Length 15.5 cm TL

 
Cottus rhotheus
[Torrent sculpin]



North America
Max. Length 13.4 cm TL
Cottus ricei (Nelson, 1876)

Photo by Photo by Lyons, J.
 
Cottus ricei
[Spoonhead sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 8 cm SL

 
Cottus rondeleti
[Chabot de l'Hérault]
No picture found


 
Cottus sabaudicus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.0 cm SL

 
Cottus scaturigo
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.9 cm SL

 
Cottus schitsuumsh
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Cottus sibiricus
[Siberian sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 10.3 cm SL

 
Cottus specus
[Grotto sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 10.3 cm TL

 
Cottus spinulosus
[Turkestan sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.2 cm SL

 
Cottus szanaga
[]



North America
Max. Length 7.7 cm SL
Cottus tallapoosae Neely, Williams & Mayden, 2007

Photo by Photo by Drummond, J.
 
Cottus tallapoosae
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Cottus tenuis
[Slender sculpin]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.7 cm SL

 
Cottus transsilvaniae
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 13 cm SL

 
Cottus volki
[]



68 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Cottus aleuticus Coastrange sculpin North America 17 TL 1896
Cottus altaicus Asia 8.1 TL 1899
Cottus amblystomopsis Sakhalin sculpin Asia 20.8 TL 1904
Cottus asper Prickly sculpin North America 30 TL 1836
Cottus asperrimus Rough sculpin North America 9.6 TL 1908
Cottus aturi Chabot du Béarn Europe 10 SL 2005
Cottus baileyi Black sculpin North America 8.4 TL 1961
Cottus bairdii Mottled sculpin North America 15 TL 1850
Cottus beldingii Paiute sculpin North America 13 TL 1891
Cottus bendirei North America 1881
Cottus caeruleomentum Blue Ridge sculpin North America 6.3 SL 2000
Cottus carolinae Banded sculpin North America 18 TL 1861
Cottus chattahoochee North America 8.5 SL 2007
Cottus cognatus Slimy sculpin North America 12.1 TL 1836
Cottus confusus Shorthead sculpin North America 15 TL 1963
Cottus czerskii Cherskii's sculpin Asia 19.5 TL 1913
Cottus duranii Chabot d'Auvergne Europe 10 SL 2005
Cottus dzungaricus Asia 11.4 TL 2006
Cottus echinatus Utah Lake sculpin North America 9.2 SL 1963
Cottus extensus Bear Lake sculpin North America 13 TL 1963
Cottus girardi Potomac sculpin North America 14 TL 1961
Cottus gobio Bullhead Europe 18 TL 1758
Cottus gratzianowi Europe 6.3 SL 2015
Cottus greenei Shoshone sculpin North America 9 TL 1898
Cottus gulosus Riffle sculpin North America 11 TL 1854
Cottus haemusi Europe 10 SL 1986
Cottus hangiongensis Asia 15 SL 1930
Cottus hispaniolensis Chabot des Pyrénées Europe 10.5 SL 1964
Cottus hubbsi North America 11.2 SL 1949
Cottus hypselurus Ozark sculpin North America 8.5 SL 1985
Cottus immaculatus Knobfin sculpin North America 9 SL 2010
Cottus kanawhae North America 11 SL 2005
Cottus kazika Fourspine sculpin Asia 30 SL 1904
Cottus klamathensis Marbled sculpin North America 9 TL 1898
Cottus kolymensis Asia 9.9 SL 2012
Cottus koreanus Asia 8.2 TL 2005
Cottus koshewnikowi Europe 10 SL 1907
Cottus kuznetzovi Asia 9.1 TL 1903
Cottus leiopomus Wood River sculpin North America 11 TL 1894
Cottus marginatus Margined sculpin North America 13 TL 1881
Cottus metae Europe 9.7 SL 2005
Cottus microstomus Europe 10.1 SL 1837
Cottus nasalis Tubenose sculpin Asia 6.9 TL 1933
Cottus nozawae Asia 15 SL 1911
Cottus paulus Pygmy sculpin North America 4.5 TL 2000
Cottus perifretum Chabot fluviatile Europe 13.4 TL 2005
Cottus perplexus Reticulate sculpin North America 10 TL 1894
Cottus petiti Chabot du Lez Europe 6.4 SL 1964
Cottus pitensis Pit sculpin North America 13 TL 1963
Cottus poecilopus Alpine bullhead Europe and Asia 15 SL 1837
Cottus pollux Japanese fluvial sculpin Asia 15 SL 1873
Cottus princeps Klamath Lake sculpin North America 7 TL 1898
Cottus reinii Asia 12 SL 1879
Cottus rhenanus Chabot de Rhénanie Europe 10 SL 2005
Cottus rhotheus Torrent sculpin North America 15.5 TL 1882
Cottus ricei Spoonhead sculpin North America 13.4 TL 1876
Cottus rondeleti Chabot de l'Hérault Europe 8 SL 2005
Cottus sabaudicus Europe 2009
Cottus scaturigo Europe 6.0 SL 2005
Cottus schitsuumsh North America 9.9 SL 2014
Cottus sibiricus Siberian sculpin Asia 15 TL 1889
Cottus specus Grotto sculpin North America 10.3 SL 2013
Cottus spinulosus Turkestan sculpin Asia 10.3 TL 1872
Cottus szanaga Asia 8.2 SL 1869
Cottus tallapoosae North America 7.7 SL 2007
Cottus tenuis Slender sculpin North America 9 TL 1898
Cottus transsilvaniae Europe 9.7 SL 2005
Cottus volki Asia 13 SL 1933



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