UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:
A small fish with a stout body (flattened out wide about the same as it is high) with a head as large as the rest of its tapering body. Large cottid, or sculpin. This family of fish are usually regarded as ugly in appearance with a drab colour and this species has four short spines (two on each side, of the gill cover) that stick out when the fish is removed from the water. Usually in various shades of brown with large cream blotches. The pectoral fins are huge relative to the small squat body.
Similiar species: Taurulus bubalis is very similar in appearance. However, the two species can be readily distinguished because only T. bubalis has two white lappets on the corner of its wide mouth.
A specimen seen by Jane Lilley in 1998 had a very bold near black body with two narrow beige bands across the body and the same narrow bands forming a triangle on the head.
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