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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

36. Three-spined Stickleback
(Gasterosteus aculeatus)

36. Three-spined Stickleback

Found almost everywhere in fresh, brackish or, saltwater, the Stickleback or Tiddler is known to everybody. It has three strong spines on its back, followed by a soft fin near the tail; other spines are on the belly. On the sides there is a variable number of small shields. The back is greenish, the sides silvery, shot with blue and pink; in the Spring the male becomes very brightly coloured, with a red belly and dark bands, and builds a nest for the eggs, which it guards jealously. Seldom reaches a length of 4 inches.