The Dragonet is common all around the UK and appears to range from the shallows down to depths of 200 metres or so. They are of no commercial value and huge numbers of them are killed as by-catch in fishing trawls. They grow to about 30cms in length and divers usually encounter the rather drab female. The male (illustrated) is much more brightly coloured and has elongated fins. The fins are usually kept folded along the body and are erected and displayed to attract females to mate which they do side by side up near the surface.
North Sea. St. Abbs Marine Reserve