PISCES : PERCIFORMES : LabridaeBONY FISH

Ctenolabrus rupestris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Goldsinny


Description: This species is the smallest wrasse that occurs in the waters around Britain and Ireland. Adults can grow to 18cm in length but are seldom more than 12cm. It has a slender body with a pointed head, small mouth and relatively large eye. It is usually pale orange or orange-red in colour with a black patch at the base of the first few dorsal fin rays and also a conspicuous black spot just behind the dorsal fin, in front of the tail.

Habitat: The goldsinny is usually found in rocky or boulder areas where there are numerous crevices in which to hide. It is most common at depths between 10-50m but occasionally it occurs in rockpools on the low shore. It is thought to feed on a diet of small crustaceans and molluscs.

Distribution: The goldsinny is widely distributed around Britain and Ireland.

Similar Species: The slender body and small size of this wrasse together with the distinctive coloration make it readily identifiable.

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=ZG6050

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