Barbel (anatomy)

Or barbels barbels are filamentous organs skin around the mouth area for many fish species. You have taste buds and corpuscles. In their longitudinal axis of cartilage, elastic fibers and muscles are usually included. They serve as touch and taste organs. Bartel supporting fish groups such as the catfish, nurse sharks, loaches, carps and the cod -like.

Barbels are by location and function as follows:

  • Barbels around the mouth
  • Barbels on chin
  • Barbels on the nose


The number varies from species to species and can vary between a Bartel in the burbot and up to ten barbels like the loach, vary. When Atlantic chin Bartel - flight fish the boys grow after hatching a pair of short barbels on chin.