Greater Weever

Fact File:

Common Name(s):
Greater Weever

Scientific Name:
Trachinus draco

Usual Size:

UK Record Weights from rod/line:
1lb-07oz-15dr  Porthcurno Cornwall  B.Bawden 1989

2lb-00oz-13dr  Penzance Bay Cornwall  T.Griffiths 1994

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

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.The upper rim of the eye socket has two small spines. The pectoral fin is rounded with a notch.

Greenish yellow , through to dark green / brown, in colour, on the head and back, with paler sides, with yellowish to bluish brown oblique lines. The dorsal fin has a blackish spot towards the front. The second dorsal and anal fins have a yellow stripe running their length.

Breeds June to Aug.

Shallow sandy waters of up to 100m.

Feeds on crustaceans such as shrimps and crabs, as well as small fish.

Found all around the waters of the UK.

Additional Notes:

Less common than Echiichthys vipera
Both the spines of the first dorsal fin, and that of the gill covers, have venom glands attached to them. The spines are grooved, and when pressed, toxin is driven up the groves, and delivered. Care should be taken, as the poison causes localized swelling and discomfort, and on occasions death. The wound should be allowed to bleed freely, thus helping to flush away the toxin, and maybe treated with potassium permangenate solution, or very hot water. Seek medical attention / advice.

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