Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Chitonotus: Greek, chiton = tunic, robe + Greek, noton = back (Ref. 45335); pugetensis: Named after Puget Sound, the type locality (Ref. 6885).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 142 m (Ref. 2850), usually ? - 73 m (Ref. 6885). Subtropical; 55°N -
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)
Eastern Pacific: Trail Island, Wark Channel, northern British Columbia to Bahia Santa Maria, southern Baja California, Mexico. Probably occurring in southeastern Alaska (Ref. 2850).
Commonly found on sand bottom, also on mud bottom. Occurs in intertidal areas and up to 142 m depth (Ref. 2850). Feeds on shrimps and other crustaceans (Ref. 4925). Aquarium observations indicate that this is nocturnal (Ref. 2850).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00268 - 0.01629), b=3.17 (2.96 - 3.38), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.55 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=5,700).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .