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The latest on the brilliant, baffling blennies!

This page provides information from our ongoing study of the tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine), a wonderfully charismatic species whose behaviour and life history has been little studied up to now.

See film clips of tompot blennies sneaking, courting, cleaning and displaying (plus other animal behaviour) here

‘The Lives and Times of Tompot Blennies’ with a full update of our observations, including recent discoveries of ‘sneaker’ tactics in male tompots and other intriguing interactions, was published in the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Bulletin Spring 2018 edition. Download the fully illustrated article here

"We're all individuals!" summarised how recognising individual blennies shines new light on fish behaviour in April 2017’s The Marine Biologist. Download article

'Glam rocks' was the view of BBC Wildlife Magazine on a tompot blenny’s habitat in July 2016. Download article

'Territoriality in the tompot blenny...' (2016) appeared in the Journal of Fish BiologyPlease e-mail for a copy of the paper

Mugshots! The 44 individually recognised tompot blennies from the Devon reef part of our study