Project Description

Shanny (Common blenny)

Scientific name: Lipophrys pholis
Size: Up to 16cm long
Colour: Variable, usually brown and green with dark markings
Habitat: Rocky shore, under rocks and amongst seaweed

  • These fish can change colour to blend in with rocks and seaweed.
  • They have sharp teeth for crunching barnacles off rocks.
  • Males turn black with white lips when breeding and guard the eggs until they hatch.
  • As the tide retreats, they can survive in a damp hole out of the water.
  • Similar to gobies but have one dorsal fin, rather than two.


Photo credit: Paul Naylor