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|Researched by||Morvan Barnes||Refereed by||This information is not refereed|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Aspitrigla cuculus|
The red gurnard Chelidonichthys cuculus is a member of the scorpionfish family and has a charcteristic suborbital stay, a bony extension from below the eye to the preopercle. It may reach up to 50 cm in length. It can be recognised by the enlarged rays off the pectoral fin, used for food detection, and the way the pectoral fins open and close like a bird's wing. The red gurnard is a good sound producer and, when caught, it makes a croaking noise similar to a frog. It is red in colour with pinkish-silver mottling.
The red gurnard is classified as a generalist. It is characterized by fast growth and early sexual maturity at a relatively large size (Quero et al., 1986).
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008