Specimen weight: 12 kg (26.43 lbs)
Record: 42.985 kg, Belfast Lough, 1985
Skin naked, with numerous lappets, especially around the mouth. Huge head and wide mouth with numerous long teeth. Pectoral fins with fleshy bases; the gill opening behind the pectoral. First dorsal fin on the head, the rays separate; the anterior ray over the mouth and tipped with a ” lure..” Grows to 150 lb.
A second species (Lophius budegassa) has recently been identified in Irish waters. The chief identifying feature is the lining of the stomach cavity. In Lophius piscatorius it is white and in Lophius budegassa it is black
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