Project Description

Tompot Blenny

Scientific name: Parablennius gattrorugine
Size: Up to 20cm long (but usually much smaller in rock pools)
Colour: Reddish-brown with dark vertical stripes
Habitat: Rocky shores, in rock pools or under rocks at the bottom of the shore

  • They have a distinctive pair of red tentacles set on top of their head that look like antlers!
  • As they are extremely territorial, they can be seen fighting off crabs larger than themselves.
  • Their territorial nature also means they may fight and injure other animals if they share a bucket.
  • They are one of a few animals that are able to eat sea anemones, but these make up only a part of their diet.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor