Tompot Blenny Parablennius gattorugine

Tompot Blenny
Tompot Blenny
Tompot Blenny
The Tompot Blenny is native to shallow coastal waters of the northeastern Atlantic, from the UK to northern Africa, including the Mediterranean. They are marked with a stripey pattern for camouflage but males become darker when breeding. They have a "crest" of two branched "antlers" and grow large for blennies - up to a foot (30cm) in length.
Tompot Blenny
Tompot Blenny
Tompot Blenny
They are called "comb-toothed" blenies as they have a comb of sharp teeth to scrape anemones off rocks. Males are territorial and will protect their hiding hole where a female may lay eggs; the male will then fertilise and protect the eggs until they hatch.