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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Key words: anguilliform, Cottiformes, Friday Harbor Labs, Froude efficiency, locomotion, Rock Prickleback, Stichaeidae, swimming mechanics, Xiphister, Zoarcoidei
Several species of the family Stichaeidae, commonly known as pricklebacks, inhabit intertidal areas of the North Pacific, Arctic, and North Atlantic Oceans.
Sayer (2005) noted in his review of adaptations of amphibious fishes for life out of water that most eel-like fishes, including Stichaeidae, use anguilliform locomotion in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.