Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Myoxocephalus: Greek, myos = muscle, and also, mouse + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 680 m (Ref. 50550), usually ? - 80 m (Ref. 43939). Temperate
North Pacific: Chukchi Sea to Bearing Sea, eastern Aleutian Is., and Gulf of Alaska to Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet; SE Alaska at Limestone Inlet; to Okhotsk and Japan seas as far as northern North Korea.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 43 - 51 cm
Max length : 74.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56527); max. published weight: 8.0 kg (Ref. 56527)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Found in shallow waters (Ref. 2850), on sand and mud bottoms from intertidal zone to depths often not greater than 80 m; seldom caught deeper than 150 m (Ref. 43939).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mecklenburg, C.W., T.A. Mecklenburg and L.K. Thorsteinson, 2002. Fishes of Alaska. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. xxxvii +1037 p. (Ref. 43939)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): -0.4 - 6.9, mean 2.4 (based on 1768 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00759 (0.00422 - 0.01364), b=3.06 (2.90 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.3 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec=10-100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (56 of 100) .