I would be grateful if someone could identify this dead fish I found freshly washed up on the beach.
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The Pouting is also known as bib, pout whiting or pout.
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Hi, I saw a good differentiation guide recently for pouting and poor cod which are very similar.
I agree this is a pouting. The ventral (I hope Im explaining this right) fin on the pouting reaches well into of the front dorsal, when viewing the fish in profile as it is here.
Maybe I should be saying anal fin and not ventral. Basically if a vertical line is drawn down from the back edge of the front dorsal fin, it meets the fore end of the anal fin on the poor cod but it travels through and well into the anal fin on the pouting. Maybe I should get the diagram, its much better than my words, will try to post soon.
Hi, I think I got all that. They do look very similar I must agree, the fin orientation seems to be the key.
The diagram would be so much better than my babbling explanation.
Is it possible to add it to this thread?
There is another way to seperate these 2 species by the length of the pectoral, but I wont confuse the thing further without the aid of the diagram!
You can add a web link but not sure about anything else.
What you are saying about fin position is true for other species which sometimes cause debate on here. Roach and Rudd, for example, where the position of the dorsal fin above the pelvic fins is important.
If your diagram is on the web, just copy it in as an edit.
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Thanks Chris and Ophrys, I'll see what I can manage, it is a very interesting wee differentiation tool. I think pouting tend to be deeper than poor cod but this isnt always fully reliable, I think its best to go by the fins with these 2, the point has been hammered home time and again on a sea angling forum I look at.
Many thanks for the putting a name to the fish, and also for the interesting identification discussion that has followed! Its these little tips and pointers that are so useful.
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