Lesser Spotted Dogfish

Name: Lesser Spotted Dogfish

Scientific name: Scyliorhins canicula

Category: Marine

Nature Stars: 60

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About: A small shark, growing up to 75cm long. Pale creamy brown with darker spots and blotches. Very rough skin. Large dark eyes and a small mouth. Dogfish are predators, feeding on shellfish and other small fish. Dogfish egg cases are known as 'mermaid's purse'.

How to identify: The most commonly seen 'shark', smaller and more spotty than the scarcer Large Spotted Dogfish.

Where: Found all round our shores.

Fantastic fact: Also known as Rock Salmon, under which name it sometimes appears on the menu in fish and chip shops.

Photograph credit: Amy Lewis

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