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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

42. Bullhead
(Cottus gobio)

42. Bullhead

The shape of this odd little fish has deserved it the additional name of "Miller's Thumb": it has a large head with wide, spiky gill-covers, wide pectoral fins, a small tapering body, scaleless skin blotched with brown and yellow, and two dorsal fins close together, with dark stripes. It is widespread in British waters, especially in clear streams, where it stays on the bottom, darting occasionally to swallow any creature small enough to enter its capacious mouth. The average length is about 3 or 4 inches, occasionally up to 6 inches.