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Ciliata mustela (Rockling; Live-bearded rockling; Five-bearded rockling; Fivebeard rockling; Five-bear cockling; Five-beard rockling)

Synonyms: Ciliata glauca; Couchia glauca; Couchia minor; Enchelyopus mustela; Gadus mustela; Gaidropsarus mustela; Molvella borealis; Motella argenteola; Motella mustela; Onos mustela
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Wikipedia Abstract

The fivebeard rockling (Ciliata mustela) is a coastal fish of the Lotidae family. Its body is elongated and up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long. It lives in shallow water on muddy and sandy seafloors, sometimes in the littoral zone. It is sometimes found by turning over rocks and debris on mudflats at low tide. In colour it has a dark brown back, with a reddish or blackish underside merging with a pale gray-brown. Its "five beard" name comes from the short, fleshy barbels around its mouth.
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Maximum Longevity [2]  3 years
Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Fal and Helford 15785 England, United Kingdom    
Firth of Tay & Eden Estuary 38085 Scotland, United Kingdom
Flamborough Head 15597 England, United Kingdom  
Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh Reefs 5883 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Luce Bay and Sands 120487 Scotland, United Kingdom
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Margate and Long Sands 160406 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Plymouth Sound and Estuaries 15820 England, United Kingdom
Shell Flat and Lune Deep 26107 England, United Kingdom
South Hams 320 England, United Kingdom  
Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone 84204 England, United Kingdom  
Tintagel–Marsland–Clovelly Coast 6004 England, United Kingdom  
Waddensea of Schleswig-Holstein Biosphere Reserve 724639 Germany
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  

Prey / Diet

Abra alba (white furrow shell)[3]
Acartia clausi[3]
Alitta succinea (pile worm)[3]
Ampelisca macrocephala[3]
Calanus finmarchicus[3]
Carcinus maenas (green crab)[4]
Chelidonichthys lucerna (Sapphirine gurnard)[3]
Conger conger (Conger)[3]
Crangon allmanni[3]
Crangon crangon (common shrimp)[3]
Dulichia falcata[3]
Erythrops erythrophthalma[3]
Euterpina acutifrons[3]
Hediste diversicolor (veelkleurige zeeduizendpoot)[3]
Loxoconcha impressa[3]
Maera loveni[3]
Mytilus galloprovincialis (Mediterranean mussel)[3]
Oithona similis[3]
Pandalus montagui (Aesop shrimp)[3]
Paradoxostoma tenuissimum[3]
Pomatoschistus minutus (freckled goby)[3]
Protomedeia fasciata[3]
Pseudocalanus elongatus[3]
Solea solea (True sole)[3]
Temora longicornis[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Actitis hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper)1
Anguilla anguilla (River eel)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)1
Gobius niger (Black goby)1
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)1
Myoxocephalus scorpius (Short-spined sea scorpion)1
Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew)1
Platichthys flesus (North Atlantic flounder)1
Pomatoschistus microps (Common goby)1
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)1


Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)[3]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[3]
Conger conger (Conger)[3]
Derogenes varicus[3]
Eutrigla gurnardus (Grey gurnard)[3]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[3]
Leucoraja naevus (Cuckoo ray)[3]
Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant)[5]
Podocotyle angulata[3]
Raja clavata (Roker)[3]
Scophthalmus rhombus (Flounder)[3]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Cryptocotyle jejuna[3]
Cryptocotyle lingua[3]
Levinseniella brachysoma[3]
Maritrema subdolum[3]
Podocotyle atomon[3]
Profilicollis botulus[3]
Sacculina carcini[3]


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[6]
Anomalotrema koiae[6]
Ascarophis arctica <Unverified Name>[6]
Bothriocephalus funiculus <Unverified Name>[6]
Bothriocephalus scorpii[6]
Cryptocotyle jejuna[3]
Cryptocotyle lingua[3]
Echinorhynchus gadi[6]
Eubothrium crassum[6]
Helicometra fasciata[6]
Lecithochirium furcolabiatum[6]
Lecithochirium rufoviride[6]
Lepidapedon cambrense[6]
Opechona bacillaris[6]
Podocotyle atomon[3]
Prosorhynchoides gracilescens[6]
Pseudoterranova decipiens[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Rotterdam Zoo
Universeum Science Center
Zoological Society of London


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northeast; Belgium; Cantabrian Sea; Celtic-Biscay Shelf; Denmark; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; France; Galician Shelf; Germany, Fed. Rep.; Iberian Coastal; Iceland; Iceland Shelf/Sea; Ireland; Isle of Man; Netherlands; North Sea; Northeast Atlantic: Lisbon north to Finnmark, around the British Isles, in the Skagerrak and Kattegat and Iceland.; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Tagus; United Kingdom;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Pinnegar, J.K. and Platts, M. (2011). DAPSTOM - An Integrated Database & Portal for Fish Stomach Records. Version 3.6. Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft, UK. Phase 3, Final Report, July 2011, 35pp.
5Annual Variation in Diet of Breeding Great Cormorants: Does it Reflect Varying Recruitment of Gadoids?, SVEIN-HÅKON LORENTSEN, DAVID GRÉMILLET AND GEIR HÅVARD NYMOEN, Waterbirds 27(2): 161-169, 2004
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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