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    Default Inside its belly...

    This little freak was the only thing inside a king we caught today, and I have no clue what it is. Bulbous, with little eyes and rough pointy scales unlike any fish I've ever seen. About 2 inches long.

    Any idea what it is?

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    It looks like a species of lump suckers.
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    Alaskan piranha? I really don't have a clue, that's a new one.
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    Yep, spiny lumpsucker..
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    That's a snailfish. Cool critter.
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    Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker Shown here with some Toad Lumpsuckers. Strange little fish.

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    Default Still a snailfish

    It appears to be a partially digested snailfish. Seen thousands of them from the Kamchatka Peninsula all around the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Alaska.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denalihunter View Post
    That's a snailfish. Cool critter.
    That was my first thought at well, though I don't claim any expertise. Sure looked like a snailfish at first glance to me, though.

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    Snail fish don't have "rough pointy scales" as the OP described. Lumpsuckers do.
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    Are lumpsuckers and snail fish from deep water?


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    Lump suckers can be found at a range of depths. Depending on the species they can be found from the surface down to 600 meters and range in size as mature adults from as big as ~450 mm total length to 50-60 mm total length. There are 10 different species that have been confirmed to be present in Alaskan waters and another 3-4 that are known to present in waters nearby and thought to also be present in Alaskan waters.

    If anyone is interested in some of the lesser known species (or any of them for that matter) of fish present in Alaskan waters, the book, Fishes of Alaska, is a great resource (though a little expensive)

    Fishes of Alaska. Mecklenburg CW, TA Mecklenburg, and LK Thorsteinson. Published by the American Fisheries Society.

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    Thanks for the info, really neat looking fish!


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    Quote Originally Posted by denalihunter View Post
    It appears to be a partially digested snailfish. Seen thousands of them from the Kamchatka Peninsula all around the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Alaska.
    The designer of the pink wiggle wart must have seen one of those!


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