Special thanks for the foto to Anders Salesjö, Sweden.
Eastern Atlantic: south-eastern coasts of Greenland, Jan Mayen Island, Iceland to British Isles and southward to Bay of Biscay, also North Sea, Baltic Sea, Spitsbergen and southern part of Barents Sea (including White Sea). Western Atlantic: James Bay in Canada to New York, USA. Arctic Ocean
Found on rocky bottoms with sand or mud, or among seaweeds. Benthic.
Feeds on fishes, large crustaceans, occasionally polychaetes and amphipods.
During the spawning season, the male's underside becomes deep red with white spots.
Acanthocottus scorpius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cottus groenlandicus Cuvier, 1829
Cottus scorpius Linnaeus, 1758 (synonym)
Myoxocephalus scorpius groenlandicus (Cuvier, 1829)
Myoxocephalus scorpius scorpius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Myxocephalus scorpius (Linnaeus, 1758) (misspelling)