(others: Spanish Ling)
UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
Almost identical to Molva molva, but with the following characteristics:
The lower jaw extends further than the upper jaw. The eye is larger, occupying
more than one fifth of the head length. The head and back are uniformly copper
coloured, with no marbling or mottling. The body width is also narrower than
that of a similar sized Ling
Breeds between May to June.
Normally found in water of 300 to 500m.
Feeds mainly on fish?
Found off the Western shelf, and up around Scotland,
as well as Iceland and Norway.
A sub-species of the Blue Ling, is the Spanish Ling
M.d.macrophthalma. This is a similar shape but is a bluish silver
in colour. The pelvic fins are elongated and reach back past the pectorals,
i.e. the tip of the pelvic fin is behind the vertical tip of the pectoral
fin. The Spanish Ling is associated with the Southwest coasts of the U.K.,
down to the Mediterranean.
A further subspecies M.d.duptorygia, is identified, by the fact
that the tip of the pelvic fin is below that of the pectoral, and has a northerly
range up to Iceland and Spitzbergen.
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