Coryphoblennius galerita (Linnaeus, 1758)

Synonyms: Blennius mongui Fleming, 1828; Blennius artedii Valenciennes, 1836; Blennius galerita, Günther, 1861.

Common names: Engl: Montagu’s blenny.

Order (Scientific): PERCIFORMES.

Family (Scientific): BLENNIIDAE.

Taxonomic descriptions: D XII-XIII 16-17; A II 17-19; P 13-14; V I 3; Vertebrae 35-36 (Stojanov and all, 1963). The body is elongated, laterally compressed, naked. The snout is short with a slightly oblique profile. Eyes 0.20-0.23 head length. Colour: grey or brown; dark vertical bars on body. Size: to 8 cm.

Coryphoblennius galerita arealIUCN Status:
    World level:
    Black Sea Regional level:
    Subregion level: VU (Bulgarian Coast)

Distribution: Mediterranean, Black Sea (Zandar, 1986). In Bulgaria: inshore, along, entire coast, rare.

Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: Steep rocks in the surf zone, or on stony and shelly ground.

Biology: Reproduction: May-August. Males guarded eggs in shells. Food: bottom invertebrates, algae.

Population trends: Declining.

Threats: Industrial pollution.

Conservation measures taken: None.

Conservation measures proposed: Stopping chemical contamination.


  1. Stojanov, S. and all., 1963. The fishes in the Black Sea. Publishing house Varna, 246 pp.
  2. Zander, C. 1986. Fishes of the North - eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean., v. 3: 1098-1099.

Compiled by: K.Prodanov, Y.Sivkov.