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MONK FISH / ANGLER FISH
Name: MONK FISH / ANGLER FISH
Product Type: Fresh Products
Latin: LOPHIUS PISCATORIUS
Turkish: FENER BALIĞI

 

The Monk fishes live on sandy and muddy bottoms from the coast, down to depths of 600-1000 meters. It lies half buried in the sediment waiting for its prey. The Monkfish feeds mainly on fish and occasionally crabs, lobster and octopus. Many state that this is the ugliest fish around our coast, but at the same time it is counted for as a delicacy.

 

It is the tail meat that is consumed and this has a firm texture and a meaty taste, though the cheeks are also good eating. Indeed, in Europe and North America, the texture of the tail meat of fish of the genus Lophius, is sometimes compared to lobster tail and has been alluded to as the 'poor man's lobster', although today it commands prices equivalent to, and in some cases exceeding, lobster and other marine delicacies.

 

The pectoral and ventral fins are so articulated as to perform the functions of feet, the fish being enabled "walk" on the bottom of the sea, where it generally hides itself in the sand or amongst seaweed. All round its head and also along the body, the skin bears fringed appendages resembling short fronds of seaweed. These structures, combined with the ability to change the colour of the body to match its surroundings, assists the fish greatly in concealing itself in its lurking places, which are selected for their abundance of prey.



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