PISCES : SCORPAENIFORMES : CottidaeBONY FISH

Myoxocephalus scorpius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bull Rout, Father Lasher or Short-spined Sea Scorpion


Myoxocephalus scorpius

Description: Like all scorpion fish this species has a broad, spiny head and a stout, scaleless body. There are numerous small spines on the skin above and below the lateral line. The colour is very variable and can be camouflaged with that of the surroundings. It is usually mottled green above with orange (females) or red (males) on the underside. It is one of the largest scorpion fish that occurs in the waters around Britain and Ireland growing to 30cm in length.

Habitat: The bull rout occurs on a wide variety of seabed types at depths between 2-60m.

Distribution: This species is common all around the coasts of Britain and Ieland.

Similar Species: The bull rout is similar to the long-spined sea scorpion (Taurulus bubalis) and the Norway bullhead (Taurulus lilljeborgi) but can be distinguished by the absence of a barbel at the corners of the mouth.

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=ZG4340

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