UK Record Weights from
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
Elongated, tapered body, that is laterally compressed, with a largeish head. The mouth is large and obliquely set. The eyes are positioned towards the top of the head. No spines associated with the rim of the eye socket. The top of the head is about flush with that of the body. Gill cover sports a conspicuous spine.
Two dorsal fins are present. The first dorsal fin, is composed of 5 to 6 membrane bound spines, and is a dark grey to black in colour.This is separate from the second dorsal fin, that is long based and is composed of some 21 to 24 branched rays. The longer anal fin, starts from under the first dorsal fin, and is formed from 24 to 26 branched rays. The tail fin is straight edged. The sides under the lateral line, exhibit a degree of herring bone patterning of the scales, particularly towards the tail.
Colouration ranges from a yellow to light brown on the back, with a degree of darker spotting and mottling, and paling towards the sides and belly.
GuestBook / MessageBoards @ http://ukfishid.proboards84.com/index.cgi
Return to the