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Corkwing wrasse

Corkwing wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Goldsinny-wrasse

Goldsinny-wrasse

Three-spined stickleback

Three-spined stickleback

Lumpsucker

Lumpsucker

Tadpole fish

Tadpole fish

Topknot

Topknot

Greater weever

Greater weever

Eelpout

Eelpout

Shorthorn sculpin

Shorthorn sculpin

Green crab

Green crab

Edible crab

Edible crab

Common starfish

Common starfish

Edible sea urchin

Edible sea urchin

Dahlia anemone

Dahlia anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Common whelk

Common whelk

Shorthorn sculpin

Shorthorn sculpin

Facts

LatinMyoxocephalus scorpius
Size60 cm
FoodFish, small crustaceans and bottom-dwelling animals
HabitatFrom shallow water down to 200 meters depth. Between stones and seaweed
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationEastern Atlantic
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Resembles stone and seaweed

The shorthorn sculpin has a large head with sharp spines. It lives on rocky bottoms and blends in between stones and seaweed with its motley brownish and greenish colours. This is where it lurks in wait for its prey.

Greedy predator

The shorthorn sculpin's mouth is very large. This allows it to catch prey that are large in relation to its own size. It eats crustaceans and other fish. The shorthorn sculpin is a greedy predator.

The shorthorn sculpin is not poisonous

The shorthorn sculpin has spiny gill covers and fins. But the spines are not poisonous. If you catch a shorthorn sculpin, be careful not to prick yourself on it. The spines are needle-sharp.

A Copenhagener

In Jutland, the shorthorn sculpin is known as a Copenhagener because it bites the hook after being taken off and thrown back into the water. Whether it is stupidity or its large jaw that gave the shorthorn sculpin this name is not known.

Meet a shorthorn sculpin

You can encounter the shorthorn sculpin when you are swimming. But you'll have to keep your eyes open because it is difficult to see when it is lying still. It eagerly bites the hook when you are fishing. The shorthorn sculpin is very greedy. The shorthorn sculpin tastes good, even though it doesn't look very appetising.


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