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Identifying Dogfish and Huss - Differences Between The Two
« on: January 07, 2015, 12:51:26 PM »
These two species are often confused and at first glance can often look very similar especially small ones. Some of the differences are not always clear such as the spots which are generally larger on the Bull Huss (hence its name the "Greater" Spotted Dogfish) and smaller on a dogfish ("Lesser" Spotted Dogfish) though you can get huss with small spots too so this is not a good ID method. The best way is to turn the fish over and look at its nasal flaps. On a dogfish the flaps are more rounded and lie flat against the head. In a huss the flaps are more pointed and tend to stick out like little triangles. If you catch one of these fish for the species hunt and you think it might be a huss please make sure you take a photograph of its nasal flaps to confirm otherwise it may just get listed as a dogfish.

Huss - pointed nasal flaps sticking out

Dogfish - rounded nasal flaps lying flat

Huss (right) and Dogfish (left)

Huss (top) and Dogfish (bottom)

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