Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 341–353 | Cite as

Biological features of the common fish species in Olyutorsky-Navarin region and the adjacent waters of the Bering Sea: 4. family sculpins (Cottidae)

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Abstract

Based on the materials of investigations conducted for 20 years (1995−2015), the features of biology of the common fish species of the family Cottidae from the northwestern Bering Sea are studied. These species are found during summer and fall in the waters of the Olyutorsky-Navarin region. The size–age parameters of the fishes collected with different fishing gears, as well as the features of their body length and body weight dynamics, spawning time, and spawning conditions, are described. The largest exemplars of shorthorn sculpin Myoxocephalus verrucosus and staghorn sculpins, armorhead sculpin Gymnocanthus galeatus and G. detrisus, are recorded in the catches of snurrevads, while the fishes caught in trawls are characterized by smaller size. Interannual variability of the size composition of the fish is related to the abundance of certain generations or to the fishery directed to different associations of sculpins. In the coastal waters, comparatively low average body size is usual for the majority of common sculpin species (with the exception of lords, yellow Irish lord H. jordani and Gilbert’s Irish lord H. gilberti) because of the dominance of juveniles.

Keywords

Cottidae great sculpin Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus shorthorn sculpin M. verrucosus sculpins of the genera Hemilepidotus and Gymnocanthus biology Olyutorsky-Navarin Region Bering Sea 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)MoscowRussia

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