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Author: Valenciennes, 1837

Callionymus reticulatus Valenciennes, 1837

Diagnosis: eye in head 2.2-3.1. Preopercular spine formula (1) 2/- 1 (see fig), antrorse spine at base very small, rudimentary or absent. Dl IV; D2 10, A 9 (rarely 8 or 10). Colour: orange or brown dorsally, with 6 darker patches, belly white. Second dorsal in males with dark blotches in vertical or oblique rows, in females colourless. Size: to 11 cm (males), 6.5 cm (females).

Habitat: benthic, sandy bottoms, tidal zone to 110 m; occasionally enters brackish waters. Food: small bottom invertebrates, mainly worms and crustaceans. Reproduction: March-June (North Sea); eggs and larvae pelagic.

Distribution: western Mediterranean (Malaga). Atlantic from Mauritania north to the North Sea (Heligoland), western Norway, Irish Sea and south-western Ireland.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Callionymus reticulatus