UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:
the number of dorsal spines can vary between 7 and 12 but most fish have 9 dorsal spines, 2 pelvic spines and a single anal spine. The dorsal and pelvic spines are protected from collapse by a pelvic girdle that connects them in a strong, crush-proof structure surrounding the body. Body is more elongated than that of the Three-spined Stickleback and is devoid of plates. The dorsal and anal fins are set well back along the body close to the long, thin caudal peduncle, and the pelvic fins are reduced to one spine only.
Colour varies due to location and conditions. Both sexes can be olive green above, fading to bronze or silver below; or an overall bronze with grey mottling above.
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