6 May 2011

Un-ID'd fish.

A fossil-hunting trip and the blogdog was cavorting around something: a strikingly ugly and unidentified fish.

Mugshot:

A tail that wouldn't look out of place on a Ceolocanth...


Tubercles along its very white belly:


 Underside:
Any ideas? Answers in comments please.

3 comments:

Richard Carter, FCD said...

I have consulted the only source of value (my 1978 edition of 'The Young Naturalist's Handbook') and believe this to be a Lumpsucker.

Phil said...

Could well be a lumpsucker - I think they come inshore to spawn around this time of year....

Liam Herringshaw said...

Definitely a lumpsucker - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust ran a Shoresearch event in Runswick Bay last Saturday and the leader, a marine biologist, showed us a dead specimen (quite possibly the same one). Apparently they're commoner around Flamborough Head, where the males attach themselves to rocks with the suction pad on their throat and guard their young.