longfin gurnard

Scientific name Chelidonichthys obscurus
Descriptor Walbum
Year of description 1792
IUCN category LC
Family Triglidae
Genus Chelidonichthys
Chelidonichthys obscurus Chelidonichthys obscurus


Chelidonichthys obscurus, commonly known as longfin gurnard, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    50.5 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    50.5 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year

How to recognize the longfin gurnard ?

The longfin gurnard measures between 30 and 50.5 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly orange, marron, rose, blanc and beige body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The longfin gurnard is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The longfin gurnard is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    13 - 17 °C
  • Depth
    20 - 170 m

Biotope presentation

The longfin gurnard is most often found at a depth between 20m and 170m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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