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n. pl. scul·pins or sculpin
1. Any of various marine and freshwater fishes chiefly of the family Cottidae, having a large flattened head with spines, few or no scales, and often fanlike pectoral fins.
2. A scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) of California coastal waters.

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n, pl -pin or -pins
(Animals) US and Canadian any of various fishes of the family Cottidae (bullheads and sea scorpions). Also spelled: skulpin
[C17: of unknown origin]


(ˈskʌl pɪn)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -pin, (esp. for kinds or species) -pins.
1. any fish of the mostly marine family Cottidae, having a large head with spines on each side.
2. (in California) a common scorpionfish, Scorpaena guttata.
[1665–75; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sculpin - any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouthssculpin - any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouths
scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish - fishes having the head armored with bony plates
bullhead - freshwater sculpin with a large flattened bony-plated head with hornlike spines
miller's-thumb - small freshwater sculpin of Europe and North America
Hemitripterus americanus, sea raven - large sculpin of western Atlantic; inflates itself when caught
grubby, Myxocephalus aenaeus - small sculpin of the coast of New England
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When Donald was a young boy near Arviat, Nunavut, in 1940, he played at the beach with friends looking for sculpins.
These estimates were similar to capture probabilities reported by Peterson and others 2004 for stream-dwelling salmonids (mean 28%; range 20-57%) using electrofishing, by Price and Peterson (2010) for catfishes (3%), darters (7%), sculpins (11%), minnows (17%), and suckers (29%) using electrofishing, by Peterson and others (2015) for minnows (2326%) using minnow traps, but less than those reported by Dauwalter and Fisher (2007) for Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu; 53%) using electrofishing.
But when the baitfish move too far, bass slide back to that anchored and reliable food source usually characterized by a steady supply of crawfish, sculpins, gobies, or other structure-oriented forage.
Consequently, the lack of a predation threat for the size of Slimy Sculpins (> 50 mm) examined in Grout Brook may allow them to feed more intensively during the day.
Observed species were assembled into 10 functional groups: sea stars, moon snails, hermit crabs, crabs (Brachyura), other benthic invertebrates, flatfishes, sculpins, other demersal fishes, other nearshore fishes, and sea perch (Table 2).
Saffron cod (95% FO) and rainbow smelt, Osmerus mordax, (55% FO) were most prevalent, followed by sculpins (9% FO).
Birds of a feather, it is truly said, flock together, and indeed in the natural world we do not see flickers flocking with flamingos, horses herding with hippos (except etymologically) or skates schooling with sculpins.
Specifically, the camouflage may reduce the predation risk of cod and sculpins on Palaemon adspersus (Berglund & Rosenqvist, 1986).
Species that were good discriminators between gear types were capelin (seine) and slender eelblenny (trawl), and unidentified small sculpins were the most common taxa caught with both gear types.
I stopped in the 1980s when I felt the art of the artificial fly was being overtaken by such artificial monstrosities as Zonkers, Sculpins, Boobies and Muddlers.
Besides those species, the sites did not differ with respect to either the presence of potential prey species or relative abundance by genus, with the exception of significantly more sculpins (family Cottidae) at site 1 than site 2 (Mann-Whitney U=18.