Bull rout (Myoxocephalus scorpius)
|Researched by||Morvan Barnes||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||Short-spined sea scorpion||Synonyms||-|
Myoxocephalus scorpius is a moderately sized species of sea scorpion that can reach up to 30 cm in length in the south but up to 90 cm in the northern extent of its range. It has a large, broad head with warty protuberances and spines. It has a large, slightly downward pointing mouth and large dorsal eyes. Its body tapers gradually from the head to the tail. It has two dorsal fins narrowly attached. Its fins are tall, large and rounded apart from the the pelvic fins which consists of just three rays. The bull rout is green-brown above and often has dark blotches and bright milky-white spots above the pectoral fins. The underside is either cherry red (males) or light orange (females). The fins are mottled or with dark bands.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandWidely distributed throughout British and Irish waters.
HabitatThe bull rout is a coastal benthic species usually found on rocky bottoms with sand or mud at depths down to 50 m.
- Large, broad and spiny head.
- Large lips and eyes.
- Large mottled fins.
- No space between the dorsal fins.
- Mottled green-brown upper colouration.
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Last Updated: 02/06/2008