UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF / NFSA Minimum Size:
Elongate eel-like fish with a broad head and front half of the body (tapers towards the tail fin), and a large wide mouth. Eyes at the top of the head. Large pectoral fins. Single dorsal fin runs almost the length of the fish.
Brown with variable darker patterns.
Mucus covered skin with a few small scales.
NB: In some books the Butterfish, Pholis gunnellus, has been wrongly labelled as Zoarces viviparous and this has caused confusion amongst divers because the Butterfish is an abundant fish with a wider range but otherwise a very similar distribution to the Eelpout.
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