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The Hooknose or Pogge (Agonus cataphractus) can grow to 21 cm.

IdentificationEdit

This fish's upturned snout, and body that tapers to a very thin caudal peduncle is reminiscent of a sturgeon -although they are not related. Heavy armour and spikey scutes cover the entire body. Likewise, bony spikes surround the eyes and gill covers to protect the head. Two hooks, hence one of its common names, are situated at the tip of the nose, and underneath, around the mouth, are numerous short sensory barbels. About half way along the body are two dorsal fins situated close together: the first dorsal has stiff supporting spines while the second has soft rays. The upper body is brown with 4 or 5 thin, dark bands running transversely; below, the body is uniformly white. All the fins are brown with dark banding through the rays.

BreedingEdit

Spawning occurs from February into May when the eggs are laid in the holdfast of seaweeds.

HabitatEdit

Lives inshore and in estuaries amongst the seaweed on sand and mud bottoms.

FoodEdit

An under-slung mouth restricts its diet to bottom living creatures such as worms, crustaceans & brittle stars

RangeEdit

All coastal regions of the North Sea and into the Baltic

ReferencesEdit

The Aqaurium Project

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