Scientific name: Chelidonichthys cuculus
This brightly coloured and easily recognizable fish is one of three Gurnard species found in UK seas. Collectively, Gurnards are known as Sea Robins.
StatisticsLength: up to 50cm
Common, classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutRed gurnards are bottom-dwelling fish to be found on gravelly, sandy, or rocky seabeds around the UK. They feed on worms and crustaceans.
The lowest three spines of the pectoral fin are separated and used to probe the seabed for hidden prey - they look a bit like legs and can give the impression that the Red Gurnard is 'walking'!