Stichaeidae

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Stichaeidae

[stə′kē·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The pricklebacks, a family of perciform fishes in the suborder Blennioidei.
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2013 in Esker Creek and Grand Wash River, and 2012 salmon run data, coho salmon, Pacific tomcod, snake prickleback, northern rock sole, crangon shrimp, pink shrimp, mysids, and dungeness crab were identified as potential prey species for Yakutat beluga.
Porpoise might also prey on Pacific tomcod, longfin smelt, capelin, snake prickleback, crangon shrimp, pink shrimp, and mysids.
Pricklebacks have sharp teeth and dorsal spines, so use gloves and needle-nose pliers to remove your hook.
Fish and crabs collected were herring (Clupea pallasi Valenciennes 1847), shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata Gibbons 1854), eelpouts (Family Zoarcidae), english sole (Parophrys vetulus Girard 1854), sand sole (Psettichthys melanostictus Girard 1854), pricklebacks (Family Stichaeidae), giant wrymouths (Cryptacanthodes giganteus Kittlitz 1858), staghorn sculpins (Leptocottus armatus Girard 1854), great sculpins (Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus Pallus 1811), red rock (Cancer prodactus Randall 1839), and graceful (Cancer gracilis Dana 1852) crabs.
We measured the activities of proteases and carbohydrases in four closely related species of pricklebacks to determine whether these fishes are genetically predisposed to digest a specific diet.
Pandalid shrimp, spinyhead sculpin (Dasycottus setiger), pricklebacks (stichaeid), Pacific sandlance (Ammodytes hexapterus), arrowtooth flounder (Atheresthes stomias), and flathead sole (Hippoglossoides elassodon) were minor prey.