• Norwegian: piggfinnefisker


There are few common features among the more than species of perch-like fish. The leading ray of the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins are usually spiny. They vary greatly in size, from the 7 mm long Schindleria brevipinguis to the 5 meters long marlins.


There are 155 families worldwide, 28 of them are represented in the Norwegian marine fauna. The following families are presented on this website:

  • wolffish (Anarhichadidae)
  • dragonets (Callionymidae)
  • gobies (Gobiidae)
  • wrasses (Labridae)
  • gunnels (Pholidae)
  • pricklebacks and shannies (Stichaeidae)