The Shore rockling Gaidropsarus mediterraneus is a mottled brown small elongated fish. This eel-like fish has 3 barbels on its head, with 2nd Dorsal fin and Anal fin running the long most of its body. These fins may be viewed moving in a continuous wave motion.
Main visual differences are as the name suggests, the five-bearded rockling has five barbels around its mouth where as the three-bearded rockling has a significant redness to its brown colouring when compared to the Shore rockling. Shore Rocklings live in and around rocky areas thoughout the English Channel feeding on both worms and crustaceans.