Garfish (Belone belone)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandA migratory species, Belone belone, may be found throughout the British Isles during summer but during winter is only seen in southern areas.
HabitatGarfish are pelagic spending winter offshore and coming into shallow waters during summer. Belone belone will spawn during May and June in seagrass beds and their eggs have long sticky filaments that adhere to seagrass blades. The juveniles stay in shallower waters until they reach sexual maturity.
- Long needle-like mouth full of sharp teeth.
- Elongate, laterally compressed body.
- Dorsal and anal fin set far away from the head, near the tail.
- Pelvic fin set at about 3/4 along length of body.
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Last Updated: 15/01/2008