Rock cook (Centrolabrus exoletus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandDistributed throughout the Britain and Ireland, although is absent from the southern North Sea.
HabitatOften found among seaweeds (particularly eelgrass beds) and near rocks.
- Up to 15 cm in length.
- Brightly coloured: greenish brown with blue flecks dorsally, yellow sides and cream underside.
- Head orange and pink with blue and pink stripes.
- Five spiny rays on anal fin.
- Dorsal and anal fins flecked with blue.
- Dark band across the tail fin.
Additional informationFemales lay their eggs in 'nests' of fine algae in rock crevices during summer months. Growth rate is faster in the males, with both male and females reaching a maximum length of 15cm.
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Last Updated: 02/09/2008