Also known as African Gurnard, Flying Gurnard, Grunt Fish, Gurnard, Rock Gurnard, South African Gurnard.
Found singly over rock and sandy bottoms sometimes buried in the sand, they are more active at night when they use their lower spines of Pectoral fins like feet to feel for invertebrates.
They feed on crustaceans.
Juveniles found in estuaries.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 10-150m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic
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.in/summary/5081