Daubed shanny, Lumpenus maculatus.
Daubed Shanny, Lumpenus maculatus

The daubed shanny usually grows to less than 20 cm in length and strongly resembles the other blennies. However, it can be distinguished by its characteristic extended rays on the lower half of its pectoral fin. The dorsal fin, which begins at the head and runs the length of the back to just before the caudal fin, has a distinctive hump formed by longer spines approximately halfway down. The caudal fin is slightly forked and completely separate from both the dorsal and anal fins. The anal fin begins about halfway down the belly and extends to the caudal fin's base. The pelvic fins are reduced to three spines and the pectoral fins are large, fanlike and have 5 rays that extend with their tips free of skin. The daubed eelblenny is yellowish with its sides marked with irregular dark spots, hence its common name.

This fish has a circumpolar distribution and has been found in the Bering Sea, from Labrador to Cape Cod, off east and west Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and in the Barents Sea. From trawling records, it appears that this is a mid-water species that has consistently been caught at depths ranging from 27 metres to 110 metres. Similar records exist from Europe, but there is also evidence that they spawn in shallow water. They seem to prefer sandy bottoms where they feed on crustaceans and marine worms, and in turn are fed on by skates, rays, and other bottom dwelling fish.