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Northern Searobin Prionotus carolinus


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Northern Searobin
credit: H.B. Bigelow and W.C. Schroeder

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Family: Triglidae, Searobins view all from this family

Description Prionotus carolinus, commonly known as the Northern or Common Sea Robin or gurnard, is a species of sea robin found on the east coast of the United States.

The northern sea robin can be identified by its spiny head, tapering body, blue eyes, and large, fanlike pectoral fins. Three lower rays of the northern sea robin's pectoral fins are feelers used to "walk" along the bottom, so as to stir up bottom sediments to find food. Northern searobins grow to an average of 17 inches (43 cm) long.

Northern Sea Robins are found in the waters from Southern New England and New York to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, where they are found in estuaries to the edge of the continental shelf. They prefer the sandy bottoms of the waterbed, where they feed by kicking up sediment to find food, using their "legs".

Dimensions Up to 17" (43 cm).

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Open ocean.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Eastern Canada.