Scaldfish (Arnoglossus laterna)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandThe scaldfish can be found on all British and Irish coasts although it is mostly recorded from the south where it is more common.
HabitatThe scaldfish is mostly found on mixed or muddy bottoms from 10 to 200 m.
- The first rays of the dorsal fin are free from membrane for about half their length but are not greately elongated.
- The second to fifth rays are shorter than, or equal to, the next rays.
- Scales moderately large but very fragile.
- The lateral line is arched above the pectoral fin, with fifty-one to fifty-six scales.
Additional informationScaldfish feed on small fish and invertebrates and spawn in spring and summer. The scaldfish is edible but posseses no significant economic value.
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Wheeler, A., 1969. The fishes of the British Isles and north-west Europe. London: Macmillan.
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Last Updated: 14/02/2007