Island Gurnard (Pterygotrigla guezei)

Also known as Flying Gurnard, Grunt Fish, Gurnard, Mauritius Gurnard

Description

Also known as Flying Gurnard, Grunt Fish, Gurnard, Mauritius Gurnard.

Found singly sometimes buried in the sand over shallow bottoms of bays and lagoons, also in deeper waters, more active at night when they use their lower spines of Pectoral fins like feet to feel for invertebrates.
They feed on benthic invertebrates.
Juveniles found in estuaries.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 300-457m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

Sea robins have heavily armoured, spiny heads. They have separate rays (like soft spines) on their bellies, near the Pectoral fins these spines act like legs, as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean they use these spines to find crustaceans in the sand.
They also grunt. French term for the word Gurnard means to grunt.
They have poisonous spines on their backs. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Pterygotrigla-guezei.html

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