Life of Sea | Monkfish | Monkfish or headfish is the English name of several species of fish in the northwest Atlantic, especially species of the anglerfish genus Lophius and angelshark Squatina genus. The term is also sometimes used for a European sea monster more often called a sea monk. Monkfish is the English name for the most common genus Lophius in the northeast Atlantic, but goosefish used as an equivalent term on the eastern coast of North America. Lophius has three long filaments growing from the middle of the head, it is detached and modified three first spines anterior dorsal fin.
The second group of fish also known as monkfish are members of the genus Squatina, in the angel shark family Squatinidae. It is a form somewhat similar to the anglerfish, but completely unrelated because they elasmobranchs. This fish is of little significance only for human consumption, even though they are at risk because they are caught as bycatch by trawlers. Monkfish commonly eaten throughout Portugal and coastal areas north and south of Spain, such as Catalonia, Valencia and Galicia.
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