Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes), Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads), Cyclopteridae (Lumpfishes)

Eumicrotremus orbis 

DISTRIBUTION: North Pacific: From Japan to Alaska south to Puget Sound, Washington.   

HABITAT: Bottom-dwelling from inshore shallows to 145 m. Sometimes seen at low tide attached to rocks with its disc-like pelvic fins.

APPEARANCE: Globose body. Weight to 100 gm. Caudal fin large and slightly rounded.  Light to dark green, sometimes light brown dorsally; light brown or plum ventrally; lips lavender; tubercles in males dull orange or reddish brown; tubercles in females are larger and more numerous and pale green.

DIET: Crustaceans and mollusks

REPRODUCTION and DEVELOPMENT: Males guard eggs following spawning.

REMARKS: The large adhesive sucking disc with thickened fringed margin is composedof modified and ossified pelvic rays. When disturbed, the fish hovers about, changing directions aimlessly like a tiny helicopter.

LOCATION: Water Planet Adhesion. WP24

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