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Gurnard (Eutrigla gurnardus[Grey]; Aspitrigla cuculus [Red]; Trigla lucerna [Red])

A small, sea fish of the triglidae family - the latter being bigger, and growing up to 60cm.

There are three varieties, and two distinct colours - grey and red. But all have a distinctive bony head; with a rather "pet-like" look; to compound this, this make a croaking noise, both in the water, and when caught.

Gurnard"s are almost a secret delicacy; being unfashionable, possibly because of their appearance - and the fillets can be treated like red mullet. If filleted they can be gently fried, or used as a cheaper alternative to red mullet.

Small fish make excellent soup. See 'Red Mullet'

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