Streaked Gurnard Chelidonichthys(/Triglopourus) lastoviza

Streaked Gurnard
Streaked Gurnard
Streaked Gurnard
The Streaked Gurnard, also called African or Rock Gurnard, is native to the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Norway/UK to southern Africa, including the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southwestern Indian Ocean off southern Africa. It walks on the seabed hunting small crustaceans using the first three rays of its pectoral fins extended like fingers or feelers on each side as feet, with pelvic fins for stability. Gurnards are called Sea Robins because of the way they "fly" (under water) with their pectoral fins. They can also grunt, using their swim bladder, to communicate.
Streaked Gurnard
Streaked Gurnard
Streaked Gurnard
It is usually a mottled or streaked brownish or brown-red colour with white underside but can be redder than the smaller Red Gurnard. The latter, however, has no blue or violet edging to its extendable pectoral fins. The larger Tub Gurnard, from similar seas and also a streaky brown or reddish colour, does have the blue-violet fins but has a longer and more concave, sloping snout.
Streaked Gurnard It grows typically to some 15-20cm long, but can reach 40cm.