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Feb 18, 2012 9:42 AM

Fish skull

Can anyone please identify this skull that my dog found on Dungeness beach last weekend? Thanks
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    Feb 20, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to lola97)
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    I'm going for Monk Fish - this is a common fish among trawled catches and as the first stage processing is often done 'at sea' the meaty tails of this fish are taken and the head goes overboard often to become strandline curios. Well it has to be said they are fairly hideous and could scare your customers away if displayed in the fishmongers - lets face it even a mother monk fish may struggle to kiss that mouth. 
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      I agree - the other name for this 'monster' is the angler fish - it has a long spine on its head with a leafy bit on it which it can wave about to make little fish come close enough............
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        Feb 22, 2012 9:56 PM (in response to archzoo)
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        Sorry, but no - the monk fish and the angler are unrelated. Monk fish do not have lures.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkfish
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          Feb 22, 2012 10:06 PM (in response to Squirrell)
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          Ah - well this is where the use of  'Latin' names over common is so much better! In the fishmongers the fish we are describing here is called 'monkfish tails'.  And this is angler Lophius piscatorius.  The one often listed in fish books as monkfish you are absolutely right is not related - it is an angel shark Squatina squatina - and of course does not have proper bones at all. So.... we should all have used the Latin to avoid the confusion! - and of course when not in Britain there are dozens of other 'common names' used as well
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            Feb 22, 2012 10:16 PM (in response to archzoo)
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            Absolutely. Latin names are preferable when naming any species, as they are universally the same, and can't be confused - however for people less interested in biology common names are easier and they can put an image to the name. The NaturePlus forums have many people that don't study biology, but enjoy showing pictures of animals (vertebrate or otherwise) they've found, so common names should be used as well as latin names where possible.

             

            Squirrell

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