Species Parablennius ruber (Portuguese Blenny)

Small blenny measuring 6-9 cm. Elongated body, laterally compressed. Its dorsal fin extends along the whole back, and males have a blue spot above its head. Usually presents red or pinkish colour, but may also be beige to brownish. Has 7-8 vertical bands, which colour may also vary from orange, to red or brown. Have orange spots all over its head. Prominent orbits with a vertical bar (usually red or brown) underneath the eye. Have ocular tentacles with several branches, but all on the same plane and emerging approximately at the same level on both sides.

May be confused with Parablennius gattorugine, but this species present bushy ocular tentacles emerging on all sides and at different levels.

Confusion with Parablennius tentacularis may also occur, but P. tentacularis ocular tentacles are longer, curved forward and have branches only towards the back.

Finally, to distinguish P. ruber from Parablennius pilicornis, it has to be noted that the last have four eye tentacles with a shape similar to a fork.


Text by Pau Batlle Vilanova


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  • Is marine

Vernacular names for species Parablennius ruber

EnglishPortuguese BlennyJIM GREENFIELD
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