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Author: (Bath, 1968)

Parablennius incognitus (Bath, 1968)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays XII + 17; anal finrays II + 19; pectoral finrays 14; pelvic finrays I + 3. Colour: basic coloration grey-greenish, 7-9 olive or brown vertical bars. Spawning males yellow, red, brown, green or olive, with large orbital tentacles and bulb glands on spiny anal finrays. Size: to 63 mm.

Habitat: between algae in shallow, rocky, littoral areas, especially at walls at a depth of 0.5-1 m. Behaviour: males court by shaking and rearing up anterior part of body; females respond by displaying abdomen. Male leads female to resident hole for spawning. Rivals are threatened by yawning and fighting, including tail beating and biting. Food: bottom invertebrates, especially gammarids; also algae. Reproduction: May-August. Several females spawn into resident hole of one male which guards the eggs.

Distribution: Mediterranean, Black Sea and off Iberian Peninsula to Morocco and the Canaries.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta) No data.

Parablennius incognitus