Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker

Image via Wikipedia
Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker? What on Earth? Did someone just pick some words at random from a bag and throw them together to make a name? Apparently not. The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker is one of those odd little creatures that merge the utterly adorable with the downright ugly to create something marvellously intriguing.

Pacific Spiny Lumpsuckers are indeed from the Pacific, right at the very top along the shore from Japan and right around to northwest United States. It seems they quite like the cold. They're also spiny, with rows of little sticky-out bits all over. They actually look quite lumpy, but the last bit of the name doesn't come from having lots of little lumps. No...

The whole fish is one, big lump. They are absurdly, comically spherical. Their head appears huge, with great, big eyes looking around sweetly. They look so calm and satisfied, like they've just eaten a gigantic meal and are sitting in an armchair preparing for an almighty belch. Ha! It looks like a minimalist comic strip come to life! Amazing!


Image by oddharmonic via Flickr
And then there's the "sucker" bit. On their underside, the pelvic fins have become a sort of sticky disc that allows them to remain attached to rocks and plants and such. Good thing, because these little blighters are about as good at swimming as they look. And they look like a rubber ball with eyes.

Pacific Spiny Lumpsuckers eat worms, crustaceans and molluscs, basically bottom dwelling creatures that don't move too fast. They also come in a spectacular range of colours. Really. No, really. You know what? I can't help but think of them as the Frogfish's baby brother. Awww!

8 comments:

texwisgirl said...

they are ADORABLE!!!!! in that video when he first sat down, then rolled his eyes, i just about fell off my chair! SO cute!

Comment1 said...

I know just what you mean! You see him looking around and you wonder what's going on in his little mind. It's funny how that other little fish seems to find the Lumpsucker equally intriguing!

Anthony Souls said...

Really interesting fish, thanks for the vid.

Comment1 said...

My pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Crunchy said...

It does look happy, and it made a little friend. :)

Comment1 said...

Yeh, sweet isn't it?

Chloë Langley said...

What a discovery! Eggs of this lumpsucker's big sis have landed in a store nearby and I have just tasted this delicacy! (surprisingly, it's even quite affordable, I would say such an exotic-looking animal would be more expensive!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lumpfish-cropped.jpg

Comment1 said...

Hahahahaha!! Well done! "Exotic" is certainly one word you could use!

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