BIOTIC Species Information for Parablennius gattorugine
Researched byMorvan Barnes Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameParablennius gattorugine Common nameTompot blenny
MCS CodeZG414 Recent Synonyms

PhylumChordata SubphylumVertebrata
SuperclassGnathostomata ClassOsteichthyes
SubclassTeleostei OrderPerciformes
Suborder FamilyBlennidae
GenusParablennius Speciesgattorugine

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Wheeler, 1994, Hayward et al., 1996, FishBase, 2000, Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Whitehead et al., 1986,
General Biology
Growth formPisciform
Feeding methodOmnivore
Environmental positionDemersal
Typical food typesMixed diet of algae and benthic invertebrates. HabitFree living
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityLow (10-45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
HeightNot researched Growth Rate3-6 cm / year (K=0.62)
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Whitehead et al., 1986, Wheeler, 1969, Milton, 1983,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound off most British and Irish coasts although more common in south-west Britain.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe from Denmark and Scotland to Portugal and in the Meditteranean Sea.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth rangeFrom 5 m to 30 m depth.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneLower Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Wheeler, 1994, Hayward et al., 1996, NBN, 2002, Picton & Costello, 1998, FishBase, 2000, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Whitehead et al., 1986, Wheeler, 1969, Beldade et al., 2006,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismOviparous
Reproductive SeasonMarch to May Reproductive LocationWater column
Reproductive frequencyAnnual episodic Regeneration potential No
Life span6-10 years Age at reproductive maturity1 year
Generation timeNot researched Fecundityprobably a couple of thousand
Egg/propagule size1.2-1.6 mm Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodNot relevant
Duration of larval stageNot relevant   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationEggs are demersal and adhesive.
Reproduction References Fives, 1986, Milton, 1983,
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