Cyclopterus lumpus

Scientific name Cyclopterus lumpus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category NE
Family Cyclopteridae
Genus Cyclopterus
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Cyclopterus lumpus is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    60 cm
  • Longevity
    13 year
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    60 cm
  • Longevity
    13 year
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms

How to recognize Cyclopterus lumpus ?

Cyclopterus lumpus measures around 40 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 60 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly rouge and gris body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Cyclopterus lumpus is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Cyclopterus lumpus is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place. In a constant quest for dominance, the dominant males of this species cannot stand each other. The battle between two individuals can be intense and violent. It will result in the submission and sometimes even death of one of the protagonists.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

Cyclopterus lumpus is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    3 - 11 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 868 m
  • Flow
    Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

Cyclopterus lumpus is most often found at a depth between 0m and 868m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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