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Author: Essipov, 1937

Cottunculus sadko Essipov, 1937

Diagnosis: skin very rough. Head in dorsal view not uniformly roundish, indented somewhat in anterior part (maximum head width usually less than head length); occipital protuberances usually pointed; D VIII-IX + 13-15; A 11; P 18; lateral line pores 11. Urogenital papilla small, less than 6% SL. Colour: greyish-brown with 3 broad, dark, vertical bands on side of body; pectoral fin dark greyish with light border. Size: to at least 16 cm SL, usually to 6-10 cm.

Habitat: benthic at about 300-1500 m. Temperatures about 0° C.Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: recorded from Arctic Ocean in Kara Sea, other possible areas of occurrence include off the Faroes and north-eastern Spitzbergen. Western coast of Greenland from Upernavik to Thule (Nielsen, Bertelsen, 1992) Elsewhere, Beaufort Sea off Alaska.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Sadko sculpin (Cottunculus sadko)