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Five-bearded rockling


Maximum length: 30 centimeters
Dutch fishing record: 27.5 centimeters


back dark brown, flanks and belly grayish-brown


shrimp and small fish


lays eggs

  • Dut: Vijfdradige meun (lompje, meun)
  • Lat: Ciliata mustela
  • Eng: Five-bearded rockling
  • Ger: Fünfbärtelige Seequappe
  • Dan: 5-tridede havkvabbe
Five-bearded rockling, Ecomare

Five-bearded rockling

Five-bearded rocklings have five barbels on their head, one on the chin and four on the snout. Although these fish look slippery, they do have scales which are very small and delicate. Five-bearded rocklings are predator fish. They hunt mostly shrimp, as well as small fish. In turn, young rocklings are often consumed by gulls and terns. There are more species of rocklings living in the North Sea, including the three and four-bearded rockling. But the five-bearded rockling is the most common and not surprisingly referred to as the common rockling.

  • Distribution of five-bearded rockling
    Distribution of five-bearded rockling, Ecomare

    Five-bearded rocklings are typical fish of coastal waters, tidal zones and river mouths in the southern North Sea. They hunt shrimp in the summer. In late autumn, they migrate along with the shrimp to deeper water in the North Sea, where they mate in the winter.