Forkbeards

Phycis spp.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

No

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Norwegian Sea and Iceland to North-west Africa, including off-lying islands. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.

ECOLOGY

Benthopelagic species found in sandy, rocky and muddy bottoms down to 650 m, also recorded as far as 1050 m. Their diet consists of fish and invertebrates.

FISHERIES

Caught mainly as by-catch in demersal trawl, longline and trammel net fisheries.

DID YOU KNOW

The first part of the binomial scientific name, Phycis, derives from the Greek, phykon, which means seaweed; because it was thought they prefer this type of habitat.