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The Red Band Fish

Red Band Fish
Red Band Fish
Red Band Fish
Red Band Fish
The Red Band Fish. This fish was given to me by Andy Glen on 04-11-2005 when he was cleaning up the shores at Ascog, when he was with “Beachwatch Bute”, and he thought that I was the person that he should give it to, to which I was delighted as I had never seen one before, and never since then.. I could not find any info about it , so I put it on to a CD, and forgot about it until now, when I was looking for something else, and there it was, so I decided to write about it. Still no info on my books, so I tried the web, and all was on there for me to use. They are sometime called Ribbon Fish. The one in my photo is in a poor state, due to it being dead for a while.. The Dorsal fin is gone as is the Anal one, as they are thin and flimsy and get worn down as it rolls about on the sandy sea bed.. The tail end of it is just touching the gills of the fish, so it is a good length. Size. Largest 70c =27ins, but usually 20cm = 7ins plus. All info from now on I got from the web , so , I will leave the details of the fish to it as you will see how important this find was. Distribution: Only large populations are around the south west of England and Ireland. However, sporadic populations of red band fish are found along the west coast of Scotland and Ireland. This species appears to be completely absent from the entire eastern coast of the British Isles.Feeds on: Red bandfish feed mostly on plankton and microscopic sea creatures, although will take crustaceans and occasionally small fish .Description: Eel-like fish with an elongated and very slender tapering body. Large eyes and a relatively large mouth which is full of small but sharp teeth. Long dorsal fin runs the entire length of the body and has a dark, sometimes black mark near the front. The anal fin is only slightly shorter then the dorsal fin. Body terminates in a very small tail fin. Colour is a reddish to pink or occasionally orange on the upper flanks, fading to a paler pinkish on the underside. Dorsal and anal fins can be closer to yellow in colour. Red bandfish are a somewhat mysterious fish which few anglers will catch in their lifetime. They generally live in water between twenty and fifty metres deep, and only over sandy or muddy seabeds. This is because they dig a vertical burrow which can be a metre deep in the seabed and then live within this burrow. Red bandfish can form large colonies of many thousands of burrows within certain areas and filter feed by partially emerging from their burrows and capturing plankton and other microscopic sea creatures which pass by. However, they can also fully emerge from their home to swim in mid water and hunt for small fish, or feed on the seabed for crustaceans. Red bandfish can themselves be hunted by other, larger species and are an important part of the food chain in some parts of the world. Norrie Mulholland.
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