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Author: CIoquet, 1824

Gaidropsarus vulgaris CIoquet, 1824

Diagnosis: a large three-bearded rockling, the head moderately broad, bluntly rounded and round in cross-section. Second dorsal finrays 56-64 (mode 61); anal finrays 46-52 (mode 49). Vertebrae 46-49 (usually 48). Colour: warm chocolate brown blotches on top of head and on back, extending down sides as rounded blotches and bars; creamy ventrally (often pink in life). Size: to 43 cm SL.

Habitat: offshore on rocky grounds at depths of 100-120 m, but also on soft bottoms. Food: fishes and decapod crustaceans. Reproduction: spawns in January-March in British waters, but December-January in southern Europe; young stages described, but confused with those of G. mediterraneus.

Distribution: Atlantic coasts from Norway (62° 31' N) to Portugal, also western Mediterranean basin and Adriatic.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Bini, 1971, 3: 84, 2 fig. | D'Ancona, 1933c: 248, pl. 13, fig. 21, pl. 15, fig. 1-4.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Three-bearded rockling (Gaidropsarus vulgaris)