Agonus cataphractus

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Agonidae
Genus: Agonus
Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801
Species: A. cataphractus
Binomial name
Agonus cataphractus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Pogge, Hook-nose, or Armed Bullhead, Agonus cataphractus is a species of fish in the Agonidae family, close to the scorpion fish. It is the only species of the genus Agonus.

It is characterized by being covered in hard, bony plates, which limit the flexibility of its body. It reaches up to 21 centimetres (8.3 in) in length, but is typically found at sizes of 10–15 centimetres (3.9–5.9 in). It features numerous barbells beneath a flattened head.


The Pogge is found in the coastal seas of Norway, the British Isles, the Faeroes and the North Sea. It lives at depths between 5 and 20 metres, but migrates to deeper waters in winter.


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