tub gurnard: description and Italian names
Long and thin body at the rear part, completely scaled with small scales , unless the ventral forepart. Large mouth and sharp snout. The superior jaw is more prominent than the lower, both with small sharp teeth. It has 2 dorsal fins with thorns, anal fin, round caudal fin.
Brown-red colour on the spine, sometime maculated, whitish in the belly, 12-30 in (30-75 cm) in length. It eats small fishes and crustaceans, which hunts on the bottom.
The Italian name cappone is due to the cry emitted when caught, similar to a grunt.
Its taste is very delicate, but bony, for this reason is suitable for soups (better to slice it to fillets and use the carcass for the broth) or for sauces.
When fresh the tub gurnard's scales are glossy and red, and the eye is not veiled.
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