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Pyrenean sculpin

Cottus hispaniolensis Bacescu and Bacescu-Mester, 1964 (Cottidae)
Origin: Autòctona
Habitat: Aquatic
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The Pyrenean sculpin is a freshwater fish belonging to the Cottidae family and critically threatened. It is an endemic species of the meridional basin of the river Garona, located in the central part of the Pyrenees.

This little cottidae (10-15 cm of length) with nocturnal habitats lives in the river sources of streams with rocky substratum and clear and cold waters where it mainly feeds from insects and benthic crustaceans.

The Pyrenean sculpin is an endangered species for the reduced size of its populations and also for its reduced area of distribution (less than 2.000 Km2).