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