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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Shore Rockling Gaidropsarus mediterraneus

Rockling are eel-like in appearance, with two dorsal fins. The first of these is a fringe of short rays that ripple constantly. The shore rockling can be found in rock pools, where it uses its mouth barbels to find food. Most are dark brown, but some are paler.

Shore Rocklingzoom image
  • Order Gadiformes
  • Length Up to 20 in (50 cm)
  • Weight Up to 2 lb (1 kg)
  • Depth 0–1,500 ft (0–450 m)
  • Distribution Temperate waters of northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
Shore Rockling Habitat Mapzoom image