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Rocklings

Rocklings

3-bearded Rockling (Gaidropsarus mediterraneus) - also known as the shore or common rockling.

Rocklings are part of the Gadidae family, the cod fish group. The rocklings are a commonly met fish on the shore and grow up to 25 cm. Characteristically, the head has barbels on them. The species above has two above and one below the front of the head. There is also a 5-bearded Rockling (Ciliata mustela). These barbels help them find their prey amongst seaweed and in rockpools. The prey consists of invertebrates and small fish.


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