Nerophis lumbriciformis

Author: (Jenyns, 1835)

Nerophis lumbriciformis (Jenyns, 1835)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Nerophis lumbriciformis (Jenyns, 1835) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: rings 17-19 + 46-54, D 24-28, subdorsal rings 3-2 + 4- 6. Colour: near black to olive; lower part of side and ventral surfaces white to yellowish; sometimes marbled or with pale bars or spots. Size: to 17 cm (females) or 15 cm (males) TL.

Habitat: intertidal to about 30 m, usually among rocks or holdfasts and lower branches of algae. Food: no data. Reproduction: mostly brooding May-September; males with about 150 eggs (1.0-1.2 mm diameter); early free-living young 9-10 mm TL.

Distribution: British Isles, Atlantic coasts of Norway from vicinity of Bergen to the Kattegat, and from Belgium southwards to Morocco. Elsewhere, from off Rio de Oro.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ehrenbaum, 1909: 329, fig. 123 | Poll, 1947: 180, fig. 122.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.