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726px-Psychrolutes phrictus 1
Blob Sculpin
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Syngnathiformes
Family Psychrolutidae
Genus Psychrolutes

Psychrolutes is a genus of deep-sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae (fathead sculpins). In June 2003, During the NORFANZ Expedition north-west of New Zealand, scientists trawled a specimen of P. microporos at a depth between 1,013 meters and 1,340 meters on the Norfolk Ridge.


There are currently 11 recognized species in this genus:

Psychrolutes inermis (Vaillant, 1888)
Psychrolutes macrocephalus (Gilchrist, 1904)
Psychrolutes marcidus (McCulloch, 1926) (Blobfish)
Psychrolutes marmoratus (T. N. Gill, 1889)
Psychrolutes microporos (J. S. Nelson, 1995)
Psychrolutes occidentalis (R. Fricke, 1990) (Western Australian Sculpin)
Psychrolutes paradoxus (Günther), 1861) (Tadpole Sculpin)
Psychrolutes phrictus (Stein & C. E. Bond, 1978) (Blob Sculpin)
Psychrolutes sigalutes (D. S. Jordan & Starks, 1995) (Soft Sculpin)
Psychrolutes sio (Joseph S. Nelson, 1980)
Psychrolutes subspinosus (A. S. Jensen, 1902)