Shanny Lipophrys pholis


Shanny Lipophrys pholis juvenile

Juvenile found in rockpool, Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, Devon.
2nd August 2015. © Peter Hillman

Shanny Lipophrys pholis juvenile

Juvenile found in rockpool, Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, Devon.
2nd August 2015. © Peter Hillman


The colouration of this fish is variable, from dark brown to greenish depending on its surrounding environment.

With no scales it is covered in a protective slime which stops it from drying out during periods when it is out of the water. It has an elongated body with a long single dorsal fin. It has sharp teeth and can bite humans if handled incorrectly.

The males guard the eggs until they hatch. It feeds on small invertebrates, including the Acorn Barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides). It can live for up to 15 years.

Very common around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. A native species.


Statistics
Length up to 16 cm
Weight up to 111 g

When to see it
All year round.

Where to see it
Pools, amongst seaweed and under rocks on the lower shore.

Other names
Common Blenny, Smooth Blenny

Class
Actinopterygii (Ray-finned Fishes)

Order
Perciformes

Family
Blenniidae (Combtooth Blennies)


More photos

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

Juvenile on Shanklin Beach, Isle of Wight.
6th August 2018. © Peter Hillman

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

Juvenile on Shanklin Beach, Isle of Wight.
6th August 2018. © Peter Hillman

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

Juvenile on Shanklin Beach, Isle of Wight.
6th August 2018. © Peter Hillman

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

Juvenile on Shanklin Beach, Isle of Wight.
6th August 2018. © Peter Hillman