Whiting (Merlangius merlangus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound off western Scotland, south-east England and the English Channel, and in the Irish Sea off the coasts of east England, Wales and Ireland.
HabitatThe whiting is a benthopelagic species usually found as depths of 30-100 m. It can be found near mud and gravel bottoms, but also above sand and rock.
- Blue-green dorsal colouring, silver-white underneath.
- Three dorsal fins located close together and two anal fins.
- First anal fin starts directly below the central rays of the second dorsal.
- Black spot at the base of the pectoral fins.
- Outer parts of the pelvic and dorsal fins form a white edge.
- Brown lateral line.
- Lower jaw slightly shorter than upper jaw.
- Barbel either rudimentary or absent.
Additional informationIt can be differentiated from similar species such as the haddock, Melanogrammus aeglefinus, by a small dark spot which is found at the base of the pectoral fins and by the lateral line being brown and not black. It is very similar to the blue whiting, Micromesistius poutassou, but can be distinguished by the dorsal fins being close together.
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008