Greater Forkbeard

Greater Forkbeard


Phycis blennoides (Brünnich, 1768) (greater forkbeard) is widely distributed from 10-800 m depth in the North East Atlantic and 300-1050 m in the Eastern Mediterranean. It reaches up to 110 cm in length and may live up to 20 years. It has extremely extended pelvic fin rays. More information on Fishbase:

Item Type:Image
Title:Greater Forkbeard
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Gates, A.
Date:17 October 2011
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Gadiformes (Cods) > Phycidae (Phycid hakes)
Species:Phycis blennoides
Site:Atlantic > North Sea > West of Shetland > Whirlwind
North Sea > West of Shetland > Whirlwind
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):184
Latitude:60 deg 17' 01" N
Longitude:3 deg 50' 19" W
Countries:UK > West of Shetland
Substratum:Sand and gravel with some boulders
Project Partners:Hurricane Exploration (HEX), Fugro
ROV:Super Spartan
Keywords:"West of Shetland" Whirlwind Atlantic Benthic Forkbeard Phycis blennoides
Deposited By:Miss Moira MacLean
Deposited On:21 February 2012

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