SIMON THE STICKLEBACK

2 Spine Stickleback in Freshwater(Credit: University of Puget Sound)

 

KEY FACTS

  • An unusual features of sticklebacks is that they have no scales, although some species have bony armour plates.

  • They are related to pipefish and seahorses. 

  • Sticklebacks are carnivorous, feeding on small animals such as insects, crustaceans and fish larvae.

  • The main features of stickleback are having a row of 2 to 16 spines on the back, which are positioned in front of a soft-rayed dorsal fin. They also possess a sharp spine in each of the pelvic fins, a slender tail base, a squared tail, large eyes, and an upturned mouth.

  • If you see red coloured stickleback fish, it is a male stickleback getting ready for reproduction.

  • Sticklebacks are small, elongated fishes that reach a maximum length of about 18 cm (7 inches).

  • Stickleback fish can be found not only in oceans but also freshwater.

WHO ARE WE?

We are YRCT: a new Rivers Community Trust situated in Yeovil specialising in the restoration, preservation and sustainability of the rivers and streams in and around Yeovil and also promote the creation and management of ponds and wetlands for people and wildlife!

FACEBOOK:

Yeovil Rivers Community Trust

EMAIL: 

Chair of YRCT: Lorne.thomson@yrct.org.uk

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