Tompot Blenny

Parablennius gattorugine

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The Tompot Blenny is a medium-sized, elongated, large-headed, large-eyed fish found in crevices amongst rocks below the low tide line. It has two branched, feathery tentacles on the top of the head, one above each eye. The Tompot is a very inquisitive fish, often approaching scuba divers to have a closer look.

How to identify

The largest British blenny. It is orangey-brown in colour, sometimes greenish, with several darker bars running down the body.

Where to find it

Found around the south and west coasts.


When to find it

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How can people help

Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Tompot Blenny
Latin name
Parablennius gattorugine
Fish and sharks
Length: up to 30cm
Conservation status