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Stone Loach (Noemacheilus barbatulus)

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Stone Loach head

Thie most distinctive feature of this 14 cm fish is the presence of barbels around the mouth. the body is a mixture of colours from brown, green and yellow.

A common fish in clear rivers and streams with gravel and sandy bottoms. This is most likely in upland areas but also chalk streams. They live on the bottom, often partly buried.

ECOLOGY: Stone Loaches live amongst the gravel and stones of fast flowing water where they can search for food. Particularly active at night they use the barbels around the bottom jaw to detect invertebrate prey.










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