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Author: Bloch, 1787

Zeugopterus punctatus Bloch, 1787

Diagnosis: body very deep. Mouth very protractile; mouth cleft forms almost a right angle with the main axis of the body. Dorsal fin with 85-102 rays; anal fin with 67-80 rays. Small ctenoid scales on eyed side and cycloid scales on blind side; the many small ctenoid scales give the fish a hairy touch. Colour: brownish, with darker spots and blotches; a dark bar through the eyes. Size: to about 25 cm SL.

Habitat: mainly on stones and rocks in the algae zone. Food: small fish and crustaceans. Reproduction: between February and June.

Distribution: from Trondheim to the Bay of Biscay.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ehrenbaum, 1905: 206-210, fig. 80 | Petersen, 1909: 1, pl. I (fig. 1-6) | Norman, 1934: 280 (references).
Otoliths (sagitta). Scott, 1906: 71, pl. | Chaine, 1936: 100, pl. VII | Bauzá-Rullán, 1958: 123.

Topknot (Zeugopterus punctatus)