Smooth lumpsucker

The Smooth lumpsucker lives in the benthopelagic, marine, depth range 0 - 1700 m environment.

Smooth lumpsucker, Aptocyclus ventricosus, inflated in a defensive response. More

The smooth lumpsucker gets the "sucker" part of its name from the sucking disc on its ventral side, which it can use to stick to surfaces. The sucking disc is unrelated to feeding. More

of the smooth lumpsucker (Aptocyclus ventricosus) at 40.5 centimetres, all other species are under 14 centimetres in length. Toad and Spiny Lumpsuckers Habitat and diet As their appearance might suggest, lumpsuckers are poor swimmers. More

Smooth Lumpsucker (Aptocyclus ventricosus), somewhat inflated as a defensive response. Image from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center ( Lumpsuckers or Lumpfish are mostly small scorpaeniform marine fish of the family Cyclopteridae. More

December to June in the smooth lumpsucker); this may well be true of all species. Males are also known to guard the brood of spherical eggs. More

Common names

Globefish in English
Hotei-uo in Japanese (日本語)
Oki-hotei-uo in Japanese (日本語)
smooth lumpsucker in English
Tasza pacyficzna in Polish (polski)
мягкая рыба in Russian (русский язык)
рыба-лягушка in Russian (русский язык)
圆腹鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
圓腹魚 in Mandarin Chinese
大眼駝背圓鰭魚 in Mandarin Chinese
大眼驼背圆鳍鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
뚝지 in Korean (한국어)

Order : Scorpaeniformes
Family : Cyclopteridae
Genus : Aptocyclus
Species : Aptocyclus ventricosus
Authority : Pallas, 1769