Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)
|Researched by||Al Reeve||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Morone labrax (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from the Scottish, English and Welsh coast with more records from south and west coasts but few records from Ireland. However Dicentrarchus labrax is likely to be present around all coasts of Britain and Ireland.
HabitatDicentrarchus labrax is a demersal fish present in the littoral zone over most substrata usually only to 10 m in depth but have been caught at depths of 70 m. The bass is predominantly a marine fish but are found in brackish water and in summer months enter estuaries and can penetrate some way up rivers.
- Two dorsal fins entirely separate from one another, tail fin emarginate.
- First dorsal fin spiny with eight or nine spines.
- 57-65 scales along lateral line.
- Grey or blue back with yellowish or white belly.
- Silvery fish with large scales that grows up to 100 cm in length.
- Juveniles often have black spots.
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Last Updated: 31/08/2007