Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Stichaeidae
(Pricklebacks) > Stichaeinae
Etymology: Ernogrammus: Greek, ernos, -eos, -ous = bud, shoot, descendenat + Greek, gramma = letter, mark, signal (Ref. 45335); walkeri: Named for B.W. Walker (UCLA) who discovered the species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 21 m (Ref. 26664). Subtropical
Eastern Central Pacific: California, USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26664)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 50 - 51;
soft rays: 31 - 33;
Vertebrae: 53 - 55. Tubule processes of the lateral line canals are inclined irregularly, postdorsally, and postventrally; unbanded pectorals; branchiostegal membrane separate from isthmus.
Inhabits the littoral and sublittoral zones; apparently nocturnal and lives in rock crevices (Ref. 26664).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Follett, W.I. and D.C. Powell, 1988. Ernogrammus walkeri, a new species of prickleback (Pisces: Stichaeidae) from south-central California. Copeia 1988(1):135-152. (Ref. 26664)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 14 - 15.9, mean 15.3 (based on 14 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00407 (0.00170 - 0.00973), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100) .