Lumpsucker (Cyclopterus lumpus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandDistributed throughout Britain and Ireland and known to spawn in Scottish and northern English waters. However, this species is rarely found on the south coast of England.
HabitatInhabits deep waters from 50 m down to 300 m depth. However, migration to shallower waters occurs during spawning.
- Up to 50 cm in length.
- Ventral fins form a sucker.
- Slate grey to blue in colour.
- Scaleless, but has small bony lumps.
- Lateral rows of larger bony thorns along body.
- Distinct dorsal ridge anterior to dorsal fin.
Additional informationThe colouring in the males changes to blue dorsally and red or orange ventrally during the breeding season. Between February and May, females lay their eggs in shallow coastal waters. Males guard the eggs for 6-7 weeks. The newly hatched fish are 6-7 mm in length and have a 'tadpole like' form. Eggs of the lumpsucker are also commercially harvested as a form of caviar.
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Last Updated: 29/04/2008