Aidablennius sphynx Valenciennes, 1836

Aidablennius sphynx image

Synonyms: Blennius sphinx Günther, 1861

Common names: Georg: Zgvis pinia [spinksi]; Turk: Horozbina



Taxonomic descriptions: D XII 16-17; A II 17-19; P 13-14; V I 4; Vertebrae 34-36 (Stojanov and all., 1963; Svetovidov, 1964). The body is elongated, laterally compressed, naked. Snout very short with vertical profile. Mouth is small. Colour: basically greenish, olive-brown; 5-6 vertical bars with blushing margins on body; 8-9 oblique bars on dorsal fn. Size: to 8 cm.

Aidablennius sphynx arealIUCN Status:
    World level:
    Black Sea Regional level:
    Subregion level: VU

Distribution: Mediterranean, Black Sea and Atlantic coast of Morocco (Zander, 1986). In Bulgaria: along the entire coast.

Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: inshore, rocky, shelly, sea-grass ground.

Biology: Reproduction: April-July. Food: benthic invertebrate, algae.

Population trends: Declining.

Threats: Industrial pollution.

Conservation measures taken: None.

Conservation measures proposed: Reduction of the chemical pollution.


  1. Stojanov, S. and all., 1963. The fishes in Black Sea. Publishing house Varna, 246 pp.
  2. Svetovidov, A. 1964. The fishes of Black Sea. Publ. House “Science”, M.-L., 550 pp.
  3. Zander, C. 1986. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean., v. 3: 1197.

Compiled by: Y.Sivkov, K.Prodanov