Re: NANFA-- Oregon sculpins

Dave Neely (
Wed, 04 Jun 2003 17:39:08 -0500

Howdy Jay,

hope all is well out there...

The Markle et al. key (full citation below) is an excellent resource, maybe
the best guide to western sculpins out there right now. When Doug finishes
the Oregon book it's going to totally rock! Unfortunately, there's not many
copies of the key floating around, and even most professionals still refer
to them all as just "sculpin."

Since the key came out, Markle and Hill (1999) provided evidence for the
recognition of Cottus bendirei, the Malheur sculpin... although I disagree
with them on whether all of the populations assigned to bendirei really
represent this form (ie, the form in the upper Willamette), and have a
manuscript in the works on this topic. There's an additional five or six (or
more!) forms in the western US that are currently called "bairdii", but are
not particularly closely related to real mottled sculpins.
Redescriptions/descriptions of some of these are forthcoming.

There's also some drastic taxonomic changes for freshwater sculpins in the
works... seems that our current perception of the genus Cottus needs to be
refined, and as a result, most North American taxa are not going to be in
this genus anymore.

That said, I need to get back to prepping my presentation for Friday. Hope
Bruce has lots of coffee...

More soon.


Markle, D.F., D.L. Hill, and C.E. Bond. 1996. Sculpin identification
workshop and working guide to freshwater sculpins of Oregon and adjacent
areas (v1.1). Unpublished manuscript, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife,
Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Markle, DF, and DL Hill, Jr. 2000. Taxonomy and distribution of the Malheur
mottled sculpin, Cottus bendirei. Northwest Science 74(3):202-211.

>Hi Dave Neely! I have the Markle et al. publication "Sculpin
>identification workship and working guide to freshwater sculpins of Oregion
>and adjacent areas", Revision 1.1. Can you offer your thoughts on that
>guide (and any further Neely revisions if possible...)?
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