Ballan wrasse

It is popular as a food fish in the Orkney Islands and in Galway.

The Ballan wrasse lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 1 - 50 m , usually 2 - 30 m environment.

The ballan wrasse (Labrus Bergylta) is a common fish along the coast of countries around the North Sea. In the summer the wrasse seek to shallow waters where they are easy to catch. More

The Ballan wrasse or simply wrasse, Labrus bergylta, is a wrasse of the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Its maximum length is 66 cm. All Ballan wrasse are female for their first eight years before a few change into males. Large Ballans are almost certainly male. More

Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta ) A well built wrasse, with it's deep set compressed body, and large head. The mouth is small and protrusible, but is extenuated by the thick fleshy lips. The large strong teeth tend to be rounded down with age. More

Although Ballan Wrasse isn't the biggest fish in the sea you can't tackle these bulky beauties on light rods and fine lines. More

Ballan Wrasse can be caught from both boat and shore but, because they frequent shallow depths, it’s not from where you catch them that is important, it’s how you catch them. More

The ballan wrasse is the largest of the species, reaching up to 50 cm in length. Colouration is extremely variable, with many shades of brown, olive green, grey and red being found. More

Biology: The ballan wrasse is a big and colorful wrasse and it is easy to recognize by its large fins and the big scales on the skin. This fish is common close to the coast of Great Britain and southern parts of Scandinavia. More

Ballan Wrasse can be kept in aquaria for several years from first year fish. Eventually, they grow too large (in 3 years they can reach a length of 21 cm and a weight of 230 g = 8 oz) even for home aquaria. More

From the 7 wrasse, only the cuckoo and ballan wrasse appear on the main fish list, with weights regularly above the 1lb threshold. The previous 5 listed are all mini species, with the corkwing and goldsinny the most common in our seas. More

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Ballan wrasse can be caught from the shore in good numbers from May until late November. They can be caught from some breakwaters and virtually all rock marks. More

The ballan wrasse is the most common of the wrasse species found around the shores of Britain, and it is particularly plentiful in West Wales, where there are plenty of rocky coves. More

Only the cuckoo and ballan wrasse appear on the main fish list. All the others fall below the 1lb threshold and are mini species. Ballans and cuckoos are therefore of most interest to anglers. More

The Ballan Wrasse, one of the commonest of the Wrasse family in British waters. Others include Peacock, Goldsinny and ? Wrasse. [BACK}uparo.gif (152 bytes)home.gif (1221 bytes)rightaro. More

Introduction: The Ballan Wrasse is the more common and happily the largest of the wrasse species in Irish Waters. This is a real foul ground, rough and tumble merchant so expect to lose gear if you are fishing for these fish. More

Distribution: The Ballan wrasse is common on the southern and western coast of Norway, but registration has been made as far north as Trøndelag, where the picture to the left is taken. In the summer it can be found just below the tidal zone. More

Of these the Ballan Wrasse is the largest and most frequently encountered. Ballans are a very colourful fish and can range from olive-green and brown to red and orange all with various stripes and spots. More

Colouration of Ballan Wrasse - Labrus bergylta is extremely variable. Ballan Wrasse come in many shades of brown, green, grey and red. More

wrasse, 2 ballan wrasse and plenty of mackerels and sandeels. 10th - 15 May 2009 Six trips with three to six anglers, mixed weather conditions: 180 pollock, 20 coalfish, 13 ling, 9 pouting, 2 cod and 1 cuckoo wrasse. More

ballan wrasse (Labrus berggylta), encountered in the Oslo fjord. Its behavior was territorial, though more protective than aggressive. A large (45-50 cm) and surprisingly unafraid ballan wrasse (Labrus berggylta), encountered in the Oslo fjord. Its behavior was territorial, though more protective than aggressive. More

The ballan wrasse is the largest of the European wrasse species reaching a maximum length of 60cm. It is a heavily built fish with a deep-sided body, large head, fleshy lips and pointed snout. More

Common names

An ballach breac in Irish (Gaeilge)
ballach in ir
ballan wrasse in English
ballan wrasse in Ukrainian (українська мова)
ballen wrass in Breton (brezhoneg)
Bera in Japanese (日本語)
Berggylt in Danish (dansk)
Berggylt in Norwegian (Norsk)
Berggylta in Swedish (Svenska)
Berggylte in Danish (dansk)
Bestenaga in Catalan (Català)
Bodiao in Portuguese (Português)
Bodião vermelho in Portuguese (Português)
Bodião-reticulado in Portuguese (Português)
Chilóu in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Chilóu in Greek, Modern (1453)
Chilóu (Papagállos) in Greek, Modern (1453)
corlazo in Breton (brezhoneg)
Durdo in Spanish (español)
Gefleckter Lippfisch in German (Deutsch)
Gevlekte lipvis in Dutch (Nederlands)
grande vieille in French (français)
groac'h in Breton (brezhoneg)
gwrach in we
Huulikala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Kikla in Turkish (Türkçe)
Kikla baligi in Turkish (Türkçe)
Kikla balığı in Turkish (Türkçe)
kniazik in Polish (polski)
Labre in French (français)
Labridi in Italian (Italiano)
Lâpin in Turkish (Türkçe)
Leppefisker in Norwegian (Norsk)
Lippfisch in German (Deutsch)
Lipvis in Dutch (Nederlands)
Maragota in Galician (Galego)
Maragota in Spanish (español)
margota in Portuguese (Português)
Old wife in English
Papagállos in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Pintat in Catalan (Català)
Pinto in Spanish (español)
Pinto, maragota in Spanish (español)
Smernochilou in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Smernochilou in Greek, Modern (1453)
Tordo marvizzo in Italian (Italiano)
Truta-da-costa in Portuguese (Português)
Truta-vermelha in Portuguese (Português)
Tuddu in Italian (Italiano)
Vieille in French (français)
Vieille commune in French (français)
Viherhuulikala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Vrana atlantska in Serbian (српски језик)
Wargacz kniazik in Polish (polski)
Wrasse in English
Λάμπαινα in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Πέρδικα in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Σμερνοχειλού in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Σμερνοχειλού in Greek, Modern (1453)
Χειλού in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Χειλούτσα in Greek (Ελληνικά)
عجوز البحر in Arabic (‫العربية)
貝氏隆頭魚 in Mandarin Chinese
贝氏隆头鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

Picture of Labrus bergylta has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial.
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Order : Perciformes
Family : Labridae
Genus : Labrus
Species : Labrus bergylta
Authority : Ascanius, 1767