Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Cottus: Greek, kottos = a fish (Ref. 45335); ricei: Named after its discoverer M.L. Rice.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range ? - 137 m (Ref. 5723). Temperate, preferred ?; 70°N - 42°N
North America: St. Lawrence-Great Lakes and Arctic basins from southern Quebec to the Mackenzie River drainage in Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory and northeastern British Columbia in Canada, and south to northern Ohio and northern Montana in the USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1998); common length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)
Inhabits rocky areas of swift creeks and rivers. Also found in lakes. Probably feeds on planktonic crustaceans and aquatic insect larvae (Ref. 1998). Spawning occurs late summer or early fall (Ref. 1998). Forage fish of Salvelinus namaycush and Lota lota found in inland lakes (Ref. 1998).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00272 - 0.01607), b=3.17 (2.96 - 3.38), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.35 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .