Liparis fucensis Gilbert, 1895, Strait of Juan de Fuca, 109 fathoms. Is classified sometimes within the Cyclopteridae, and the
name Liparididae was formerly Liparidae.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Juan de Fuca liparid.
This snailfish grows to 7 in (18 cm) and has a lobe at the front of its dorsal fin and the anal fin barely extending onto the tail fin. Color is from brown to olive. Like other snailfish, it has a tadpole shape to the body, large pectoral fins with extended lower rays, and a small pelvic suction disc. Larvae become spherical in a globular bubble of body fluid beneath the skin. Immediately upon settlement there is a metamorphic change (shrinkage) to a snailfish shape like a tadpole.
Northern California to southeast Alaska.
Has been collected over a wide range of depths from the shore down to 1,270 ft (388 m).
The larval stage grows for an extended period in the planktonic realm by means of neutral buoyancy conferred by the globby, bubble shape of the body.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Small crustaceans including shrimp.
The male slipskin snailfish guards a cluster of egg masses inside an empty mussel shell during spring. Egg color varies between egg masses, from tan to pink or orange.
Not listed by the IUCN. This snailfish is relatively common in occurrence.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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