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Tub gurnard

Tub gurnard


LatinChelidonichthys lucerna
Size75 cm
FoodFish, crustaceans, mussels and snails
HabitatSandy and muddy bottom

Least concern

LocationMediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Waters around Denmark and parts of the Baltic Sea .

A groundfish

Gurnards live on the sandy or muddy bottom where they search for small fish and shellfish. They can hover over the bottom with their long pectoral fins.

A fish that can walk

Gurnards have 6 legs which they can use to walk with. The legs are transformed fin rays from the pectoral fins. With these legs it can both feel and use its sense of taste to find food which is hidden in the soft bottom.

Does a gurnard growl?

Yes, it does! When the gurnard exerts pressure on its swim bladder with special muscles, it can growl. This sound contributes to scaring enemies away.

Recognise a tub gurnard

There are approximately 100 species of gurnards, of which 5 species are found in Denmark. The tub gurnard is known by the brightly-coloured blue edge on its pectoral fins.