Blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound off western and northern Scotland, in the north sea and off the southern and western coasts of Ireland and the British Isles.
HabitatBeing oceanic and benthopelagic, Micromesistius poutassou inhabits the continental slope and shelf down to a depth of 150 m to more than 1000 m. It may make daily nocturnal vertical migrations to the surface.
- Slender body up to 50 cm in length.
- Three widely spaced dorsal fins.
- Space between second and third dorsal fins is longer than the base length of first dorsal fin.
- Full length lateral line.
- A small dark blotch is sometimes visible at the base of the pectoral fin.
- No barbel is present.
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