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Bluemouth (Helicolenus Dactylopterus) Records

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BLUEMOUTH / HELICOLENUS DACTYLOPTERUS
AT AT 1.60 3.8 Langesund Norway 180684 J. Andersen

Bluemouth, Helicolenus dactylopterus is a bottom living fish, recorded on the continental shelf between depths of 200 and 1000 m.  It is widely distributed from northern Norway south to the Mediterranean.  Reproduction in southern waters is between November and December.

As a member of the scorpion fish family, Bluemouth is a robust fish with a large spiny head.  Bluemouth (Helicolenus Dactylopterus) The dorsal fin contains 11 to 13 spines, with the anal fin containing a further three.  The colour is variable.  However, in general, back and sides are red with a series of dark bands on the dorsal surface, and a pink ventral surface.  Length is usually about 20 cm but ranges up to 44 cm.

 
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