Project Description

Cornish Sucker

Scientific name: Lepadogaster purpurea
Size: Up to 7cm long
Colour: Reddish orange, with bright blue spots behind the eyes
Habitat: Rocky shores, under rocks

  • Also known as the shore clingfish.
  • Their pelvic fins are joined together to form a very powerful suction cup, like the kind you find on bath toys!
  • Due to the fact they often stick to surfaces they come into contact with, don’t put them in your bucket as you may damage them when you try to release them.
  • If you remove them from where you find them, it is very important to return them to their original location, as they may be guarding eggs.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor