Parablennius sanguinolentus

Author: (Pallas, 1811)

Parablennius sanguinolentus (Pallas, 1811)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Parablennius sanguinolentus (Pallas, 1814) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays XII + 21; anal finrays II + 21; pectoral finrays 13; pelvic finrays I + 3. No teeth in front of canines. Colour: basically grey-bluish, rows of spots and short stripes on body. Spawning males dark brown or violet with bulb glands on spiny anal finrays. Size: to 20 cm.

Habitat: between pebbles or at margins of steep, filamentous, algaecovered rocks exposed to sunlight, at depths of 0.5-1 m. Behaviour: underwater 'flight' over long distances. Male and female occur together also outside spawning period. Food: almost exclusively algae. Reproduction: May-July.

Distribution: Mediterranean, Black Sea and Atlantic coast from Morocco to Loire, France.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Cipria, 1934 : 1, pl. 1 | Padoa, 1956: 733-735, fig. 633-634, pl. 42 (fig. 18-21).
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Note. Parablennius parvicornis (Valenciennes, 1836) may belong to this species, which will extend the distribution southward to Congo River.