PISCES : GADIFORMES : GadidaeBONY FISH

Trisopterus luscus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bib, Pouting, Pout or Whiting


Description: The bib is a relatively large and deep bodied member of the cod family (Gadidae) with a distinctive chin barbel. It has three dorsal fins, the first of which is triangular in shape and two anal fins. The bib is most easily recognised by its coloration. It is pale copper with four to five darker vertical bands on the sides. There is also a conspicuous dark spot at the base of the pectoral fins. Adult fish can grow to 40cm in length although most are between 20-30cm.

Habitat: Bib are usually encountered in small or large shoals around rocky areas adjacent to sand or near wrecks. Young fish are common in sandy areas in depths as shallow as 3m whilst adults have been recorded at depths down to 300m.

Distribution: This species is widespread all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland.

Similar Species: Young bib may be confused with poor cod (Trisopterus minutus) however the deep body and vertical banding pattern are characteristic of the bib.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.


 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZG2180

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