1.5-2.5 inches [3.8-6.4 cm]
ounces [1-4 grams]
green on back and sides with white spots or lines; lower head and belly
light green to whitish
Common Names: pinfish, variable stickleback, fivespined stickleback, sixspined
stickleback, common stickleback
Great Lakes Habitat:
Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake
These small, scaleless fishes have isolated
dorsal spines that look like a line of four
to six sharp, clawlike hooks along their backs - hence the name "stickleback."
These spines may serve to protect this fish against its predators.