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Sculpins - Family Cottidae

Much Longer Than Tall
Much Longer Than Tall
Two Dorsal Fin
Two Dorsal Fin

Potomac Sculpin

Potomac Sculpin – Cottus girardi

Scientific Name: Cottus girardi
Fairfax County Native: Yes
Size: 4 inches
Diet: Insect larvae and rarely small fish
Distribution sampling sites: Map

As its name implies, the potomac sculpin is only found in the Potomac River watersheds.

Jenkins, R. E., N. M. Burkhead, 1994, Freshwater Fishes of Virginia,1079 pgs., American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD

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