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Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

Parablennius gattorugine is a large blenny up to 30 cm in length. Parablennius gattorugine has a single branched tentacle above each eye. It is yellow-brown in colour, sometimes it can be greenish, with 7 or more dark bars running across its body from the dorsal fin to the underside.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Parablennius gattorugine is found in the southern British Isles but is not found in the North Sea.

Global distribution

Parablennius gattorugine is found in the Mediterranean and on the north eastern Atlantic coast from Ireland to Morocco.

Habitat

Parablennius gattorugine is found in inshore waters, usually in crevices or holes in steep rocks from 3-32 m. Parablennius gattorugine is also found between vegetation or boulders at extreme low water.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Single branched tentacle above each eye.
  • Yellow-brown, can be greenish.
  • Seven or more dark bars, run from dorsal fin across body to underside.
  • Up to 30 cm in length.

Additional information

Parablennius ruber has a similar appearance but is red in colour and has been recorded at a small number of very wave exposed locations in western Britain and Ireland.

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Bibliography

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Datasets

  1. Cofnod – North Wales Environmental Information Service, 2018. Miscellaneous records held on the Cofnod database. Occurrence dataset: https://doi.org/10.15468/hcgqsi accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-09-25.

  2. Fenwick, 2018. Aphotomarine. Occurrence dataset http://www.aphotomarine.com/index.html Accessed via NBNAtlas.org on 2018-10-01

  3. Isle of Wight Local Records Centre, 2017. IOW Natural History & Archaeological Society Marine Records. Occurrence dataset: https://doi.org/10.15468/7axhcw accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-09-27.

  4. Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre, 2017. Fish: Records for Kent.. Occurrence dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/kd1utk accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-09-27.

  5. Kent Wildlife Trust, 2018. Kent Wildlife Trust Shoresearch Intertidal Survey 2004 onwards. Occurrence dataset: https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/ accessed via NBNAtlas.org on 2018-10-01.

  6. Manx Biological Recording Partnership, 2018. Isle of Man historical wildlife records 1990 to 1994. Occurrence dataset:https://doi.org/10.15468/aru16v accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-10-01.

  7. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: https://www.nbnatlas.org.

  8. National Trust, 2017. National Trust Species Records. Occurrence dataset: https://doi.org/10.15468/opc6g1 accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-10-01.

  9. Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service, 2017. NBIS Records to December 2016. Occurrence dataset: https://doi.org/10.15468/jca5lo accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-10-01.

  10. OBIS,  2018. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2018-12-10

  11. South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre, 2018. SEWBReC Fish (South East Wales). Occurrence dataset: https://doi.org/10.15468/htsfiy accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-10-02.

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Ager, O.E.D. 2008. Parablennius gattorugine Tompot blenny. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 10-12-2018]. Available from: https://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1725

Last Updated: 13/05/2008