Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Cottus: Greek, kottos = a fish (Ref. 45335); kanawhae: Named for the Kanawha River System. More on author: Robins.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate
North America: Virginia and West Virginia, USA. Cottus kanawhae prefers the rocky areas of limestone streams and, like C. carolinae, abounds in cave streams. Restriction of habitat during the breeding season, if any, is unknown. During other seasons, there are no obvious ecological distinctions between C. kanawhae and C. b. bairdii.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54473)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Pectoral-fin rays usually 17 (15–18). Lateral line incomplete, typically not extending beyond the point of deflection; pores usually 26–29 (24–34). Chin pigmentation reduced, the mottling usually restricted to the rami of the jaws and front of the chin, rarely extending back onto the anterior part of the isthmus. Anterior chin pore double. Dark bands on the body not sharply defined, irregular, extending ventrad only slightly below the lateral line.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R., 2005. Cottus kanawhae, a new cottid fish from the New River System of Virginia and West Virginia. Zootaxa 987:1-6. (Ref. 54473)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00342 - 0.02217), b=3.12 (2.89 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .