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Author: (Brünnich, 1768)

Phycis blennoides (Brünnich, 1768)

Diagnosis: coronal fossa on frontals closed in front of commissure between supra-orbital canals. Pelvic finrays extending beyond anal fin origin. Third ray of first dorsal fin elongate. First dorsal finrays 8-12, second dorsal finrays 56-64; anal finrays 50-56. About 100 scales in Iateral line and 5-6 scales between first dorsal fin base and lateral line. Colour: brownish or grey; dorsal, anal and caudal fins with black edge. Size: to 75 cm SL, usually 15-30 cm.

Habitat: offshore, over sandy or muddy bottoms, at 150-300 m, sometimes at 10 m. Food: chiefly crustaceans, sometimes fish. Reproduction: spring and early summer, in Mediterranean from January to May.

Distribution: north-eastern Atlantic from Iceland, Norway, Skagerrak, Kattegat to Morocco, also Mediterranean, Adriatic.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ehrenbaum, l9O9: 274, fig. 99 | d'Ancona, 1933: 232, fig. 215-219, pl. XIII (fig. 5-8), pl. XIV (fig. 1-12).
Otoliths (sagitta). Frost, 1926: 487, pl. XXII (fig. 16) | Sanz Echeverria, 1935: 256, pl. XXIX (fig. 22-23, 26-27) | Schmidt, 1968: 17, pl. 3 (fig. 36), pl. 16.

Greater fork-beard (Phycis blennoides)