Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for Cultus Pygmy Sculpin (Cottus sp.) in Canada

The Cultus pygmy sculpin was first identified in 1934 and most of what is known about it comes from a single paper, published by Ricker in 1960. It was described as a dwarf form of the coastrange sculpin, Cottus aleuticus. The Cultus pygmy sculpin shares many physical features of the coastrange sculpin and of sculpins in general, but there are also important differences in morphology and ecology, most importantly small body size, retention of larval features, and a limnetic existence. Observed diets of plankton corroborate the findings of limnetic life history, but other details of habitat use are not known.

Consultation period: 2007-07-24 to 2007-09-22


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