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Image of a banded scuplin

Banded Sculpin

Cottus carolinae
This rather strange-looking freshwater fish belongs to a family and an order whose members are mostly marine—and indeed, the banded sculpin looks quite a bit like its cousins, which sometimes end up in saltwater aquariums.

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Illustration of Grotto and Banded Sculpins.

Grotto and Banded Sculpins

Grotto sculpin (left) are a cave-dwelling type of banded sculpin (right). Biologists may soon determine that grotto sculpin deserve their own scientific name, separate from the "regular" banded sculpin.

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Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.

Grotto Sculpin

Cottus specus
A rare fish adapted cave conditions, the grotto sculpin used to be considered simply a different form of banded sculpin. It has recently been designated an endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It's found only in Perry County, Missouri.

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Grotto Sculpin

Grotto sculpin are adapted for cave life. The overall color is light tan to bleached tan, with underparts unpigmented.

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Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.

Grotto Sculpin (Side View)

The grotto sculpin is a unique, cave-dwelling population of banded sculpin found only in Perry County, Missouri. Unlike other banded sculpin, grotto sculpin have smaller eyes, paler bodies and other features fitting them for cave life.

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Photo of two grotto sculpin.

Two Grotto Sculpin

Grotto sculpin live in and around 6 cave systems in Perry County. Adult length is between 2½ and 4 inches.

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