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Ling (Molva Molva) Record

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LING / MOLVA MOLVA
4 8 11.96 26.6 Teignmouth England 200484 R. Symons
6 12 15.65 34.8 Newhaven England 150277 J. Pemberton
8 16 31.90 70.5 Langesund Norway 170892 S. Lindmark
10 20 16.64 36.11 East Shetland Scotland 310501 A. Forsyth
15 30 29.75 65.9 Langesund Norway 310587 R. Linde
24 50 30.90 68.2 Langesund Norway 011297 J. Larsson
37 80 40.1 88.6 Shetland Is. Scotland 050402 G. Laurenson
AT AT 40.1 88.6 Shetland Is. Scotland 050402 G. Laurenson
*SH SH 9.81 21.10 Jersey Channel Is 81 D. Rogan

The ling or molva molva

is a long, slender bodied fish with a distinctive single barbel on the chin. It has two dorsal fins, the first fin is short and rounded in outline whilst the second is long and of uniform height. There is a dark spot on the rear side of both dorsal fins. Adult fish are usually silvery-cream in colour with brownish-green mottling on the back and flanks. Juvenile fish have a yellowish-olive coloration with lilac-blue irridescent mottling. Ling can grow to 2.2m in length but most are between 1-1.5m.

Ling can be found in the Northeast Atlantic: Barents Sea and Iceland to Morocco, Mediterranean Sea but are rare in the northwestern Mediterranean.

Ling (Molva Molva)Ling are usually encountered on rocky bottoms in fairly deep water , more commonly from 100 to 400 m. Their diet consists mainly of fish (cod, herring, flatfish), lobsters, cephalopods and starfishes.

 
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