Species Parablennius gattorugine (Tompot blenny)
It is the largest blenny, measuring up to 30 cm. They have an elongated and laterally compressed body, dorsal fin starts behind the head and covers the entire back. Its colour is brownish, with 6 to 8 darker wide vertical bands that extent up to the top of its dorsal fins. One characteristic trait of these fish is its branched tentacles above the eyes, which are larger in males.
May be confused with Parablennius ruber, but head tentacles in P. gattorugine present bushy ocular tentacles emerging on all sides and at different levels.
Confusion with Parablennius tentacularis may also occur, but P. tentacularis has much longer ocular tentacles with less ramifications and the vertical bands on its body do not prolongue to the dorsal fin.
Text by Pau Batlle Vilanova
|Taxon||Vernacular name (ENG)|
- Is marine
Vernacular names for species Parablennius gattorugine
|Breton||pesk ar vil, babouzek||Worms, Worms|
|Catalan||bavosa grosa, bavosa grosa||Josep Vilanova, Josep Vilanova|
|Dutch; Flemish||gehoornde slijmvis||Worms|
|French||blennie gattorugine, perce-pierre, cabot, blennie-rayée||Worms, Worms, Worms, Worms|