Gaidropsarus macrophthalmus (Günther, 1867)
Bigeye rockling
Gaidropsarus macrophthalmus
photo by Serrano, A.

Family:  Gaidropsaridae (Rocklings)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 150 - 530 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic: Bay of Biscay and northwards along the west coast of the British Isles to the Faeroe Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0. Eye relatively large, more than half the snout length. First dorsal spine followed by a few small fleshy filaments (Ref. 1371). One barbel on the lower jaw and two on the snout. Upper jaw with two (rarely 3-4) long pointed teeth in the front end (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Found on or near the bottom at depths of a few hundred meters. Feed on crustaceans (Ref. 35388).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 October 2014 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 19.01.01
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 12.08.94

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