Stone Loach - Barbatula barbatula


    The general appearance is of a slim, long bodied pale brown fish dappled with darker patches of brown. It has six barbels on the mouth.

    Identification difficulty

    Very clean, unpolluted stony streams. it will not tolerate even mildly polluted waters.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Spawns once a year in low productivity streams, but exhibits multiple spawning within a season in high productivity environments. Eggs are a dull white and laid among stones and water plants.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in all of Britain except in the north of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. Widely distributed in smaller rivers and streams. Including the Swift, Rothley Brook, Gaddesby Brook, Wreake, Mease/Gilwiskaw, eastern and western Sence, Soar, Chater and Charnwood streams.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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