Fish Identification Guides

Many species of fish in the UK are easy to identify, but others are consistently confused. For example plaice and flounder, poor cod and pouting and pollock and coalfish are all species which anglers sometimes struggle to tell apart. This page provides links to pages which provide detailed diagrams of some of the most commonly confused species and points out the key ways of telling these species apart.

TN Flatfish IdentificationFlatfish Identification Guide -This is a detailed guide of the differences between flounder, plaice, dab and Dover sole.


TN PollockPollock and Coalfish Identification Guide – These two species can appear similar but the main difference between them are identified here.


TN Pouting ProfilePoor Cod and Pouting Identification Guide – Points out the key differences between these commonly confused species.


TN HakeTusk, Ling and Hake Identification Guide – These three species live in deeper offshore water but are commonly confused. Find out the differences here.


Conger ThumbnailSilver Eel and Conger Eel Identification Guide – These species can appear similar when they are smaller. Find out the key differences here.

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