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Lumpenus sagitta  Wilimovsky, 1956

Snake prickleback
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Stichaeidae (Pricklebacks) > Lumpeninae
Etymology: Lumpenus: Latin, lumpus, an uncouthlooking spiny-finned fish of a leaden-blue colour (Ref. 45335);  sagitta: Name from sagitta meaning arrow, referring to the long slender body (Ref. 6885).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 425 m (Ref. 50550).   Temperate, preferred ?; 64°N - 33°N, 127°E - 122°W

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North Pacific: Sea of Japan and Sakhalin, Russia to St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea to Adak Island in the Aleutian chain and San Francisco, California, USA.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 51.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 56557)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 66 - 72; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 45 - 50. Caudal fin narrow with oval free end; anal fin occasionally absent; pectorals large, bluntly pointed (Ref. 6885). Pale green on dorsal surface, cream ventrally; brown or green bars along midside and streaks or spots on upper part of sides; brown bars and dots on dorsal fin form bands parallel to fin margin and, on caudal fin, produce vertical bars; other fins pale; lining of mouth pale (Ref. 6885).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in shallow bays and offshore waters (Ref. 2850); on sand mixed with silt, pebbles, and stones to depths of 425; usually shallower than 200 meters (Ref. 51666). Sometimes takes hooks using marine worms as bait (Ref. 6885).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00126 (0.00049 - 0.00320), b=2.98 (2.76 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (64 of 100) .