Selected Characters: Body elongate; skin naked and jellylike, with small prickles present in some species; pelvic fins united as sucking disc in most species, but absent in Nectoliparis; dorsal and anal fins long, may be confluent with caudal.
This family is entirely marine, but is otherwise widely distributed with regard to both geography and habitat type. Liparids are found throughout most of the world's oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from warm to frigid waters, and from tidepools to depths in excess of 7500 meters. There are believed to be about 195 species in this family, though many species remain undescribed at this time. Ten species occur in Puget Sound; all are less than about 31 cm long. The family is somewhat infrequent in most of Puget Sound but is common near the San Juan Islands.
Puget Sound Species
Careproctus melanurus Blacktail Snailfish
Liparis callyodon Spotted Snailfish
Liparis cyclopus Ribbon Snailfish
Liparis dennyi Marbled Snailfish
Liparis florae Tidepool Snailfish
Liparis fucensis Slipskin Snailfish
Liparis pulchellus Showy Snailfish
Nectoliparis pelagicus Tadpole Snailfish
Polypera beringiana Bering Snailfish
Polypera greeni Lobefin Snailfish