Helicolenus dactylopterus

Scientific name Helicolenus dactylopterus
Descriptor Delaroche
Year of description 1809
IUCN category LC
Family Sebastidae
Genus Helicolenus
Helicolenus dactylopterus Helicolenus dactylopterus


Helicolenus dactylopterus is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize Helicolenus dactylopterus ?

Helicolenus dactylopterus measures between 25 and 50 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, orange, marron, blanc and beige body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Helicolenus dactylopterus is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although Helicolenus dactylopterus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

Helicolenus dactylopterus is a fish zygopare.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    4 - 18 °C
  • Depth
    50 - 1100 m

Biotope presentation

Helicolenus dactylopterus is most often found at a depth between 50m and 1100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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