Territorial tompot blenny
Paul Naylor
Age Group:
Over 18s
United Kingdom
Nature’s Assets
Camera Used:
Nikon D200
Image caption:

This male tompot blenny has come out of his crevice home to investigate the intruder (me) in his territory, showing a fearless attitude despite being only 20 cm long. Male tompots guard eggs laid by females in their residences and keep the same territory over several breeding seasons. With their cheeky faces and nature, these blennies are brilliant characters for engaging children with the marine world. Their lifestyle based around a ‘home’ is also ideal for introducing youngsters to concepts of habitat and biodiversity.

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