NANFA-- Unidentified Sculpin
Tue, 03 Sep 2002 03:33:42 -0400

Its me, Jon, the guy dedicated to the Pygmy Sculpins of Coldwater Creek, Anniston, AL. While observing the spring and the creek I keep seeing a group of three larger sculpins usually followed by several pygmy sculpins.. At first I thought the larger ones were just older Cottus Paulus, because of the strong resemblance in shape and coloring. I figured they were being followed by their young. But thanks to Jim Williams at the USGS Florida Carribean Science Center, I found out there are other species of sculpin in this creek. Now, the pamphlet Jim sent me, containing info from a 1968 study, says they found Cottus carolinae zopherus along with Cottus pygmaeus (paulus). I haven't been able to find any info on this fish. Pictures I have been able to locate of plain old Cottus carolinae look nothing like what I see in the creek. They are similar in size (4-7 inches or so) and color patters are similar (tan with dark brown bands) but the fins are way different. And the mouth a
nd eyes are different. Anybody have any ideas as to what this fish is?
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