SPECIES ID / Freshwater Fish of the Fraser Valley

Sculpin Family (Cottidae)

  • Often called ‘Bullheads’ in British Columbia
  • Most species in family are found in the ocean
  • Typically bottom dwelling predators
  • Lack a swim bladder to regulate buoyancy

Identification Tips:

  • Large head and pectoral fins
  • Tapered body with slim abdomen
  • Two dorsal fins
  • No scales, but may have patches of tiny prickles (like sharkskin)


Primary Information Source:
McPhail, J.D. 2007. The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia. University of Alberta Press. Edmonton, Alberta.