UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:
Largest of the European sea perches with a well set body and head. The broad head lacks any bony ridges, and has a large mouth with depreciable teeth, and protruding lower jaw. Whilst the preoperculum exhibits a degree of fine serrations at its margins, the end of the operculum bears three distinct flat spines. Two dorsal fins are present, but are fused. The first dorsal fin is composed of some 11 membrane bound spines, followed by the second dorsal fin with its 13 to 16 branched rays. The anal fin has three anterior spines followed by 8 to 9 rays. The caudal fin is rounded, and the lateral line has 120 to 130 scales along its length. The base of the pectoral fin has an upper scaly flap.
Coloration is a dark rich brown with irregular blotches and mottles, with more yellow tones towards the belly region. Fin edges exhibit a yellowish white trim, apart for the dorsal fins which tend towards more orange hues.
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