a.k.a Ten-spined Stickleback
Scientific name: Pungitius pungitius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Irish name: Garmachán deich gclipe (Ten spined stickleback)
Irish angling record: Not recorded
Native species: Yes
Distinguished by the presence of 7 to 12 free spines in front of the dorsal fin and a long caudal keel that usually reaches beneath the dorsal fin; Pale green, grey, or olive above, strongly pigmented with irregularly arranged dark bars or blotches; silvery below 4; Maximum length of 9cm 2.
Environment and Habitat
Occur on the bottom or midwaters of a water body; anadromous1; found in densely vegetated freshwater waterways; male builds a nest of aquatic vegetation during spawning time; male guards nest and newly-hatched young2.
Widespread across Europe. Irish distribution unknown.
Economic value in Ireland
No commercial value;
Red list status.
Irish legislation status.
Protected by Coarse Fish bye-law No. 806, 2006: maximum 4 fish per angler per day; no killing of coarse fish > 25cm.
EU legislation status