Scientific name: Barbatula barbatula ((Linnaeus, 1758))
Irish name: Cailleach Rua
Irish angling record: Not recorded
Native species: No; introduced sometime after the 12th Century; no historical documentary data5;
Rather elongated body; three pairs of barbels around mouth; tailfin square-cut or slightly concave; eye very small; mottled olive or greenish-olive; grows to about 13cm, usually much smaller3.
Environment and Habitat
Migrate within freshwater only;1; usually found in small rivers and occasionally on gravel-shores of lakes; prefers clean, well-oxygenated conditions2;
Native to central Europe and Britain; Widespread; Not found in Italian or Iberian peninsula. Scattered distribution in Ireland;
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