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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

17. Stone Loach
(Cobitis barbatula)

17. Stone Loach

This small, slender fish is found in clear water almost everywhere in the British Isles, except Northern Scotland. Usually it hides under stones (whence its name), waiting for the small creatures on which it feeds. Its colour is grey-greenish or brownish, with irregular darker blotches; the belly is white. There are six barbels round its mouth, the two at the corners of the jaws being longer than the other four. The scales and eyes are small, the fins dotted or striped. Average length three to four inches.