The Smooth Blenny (Lipophrys pholis) is a marine (saltwater) fish. It is also known as the Common Blenny, the Pholis Blenny, or Shanny.
The Smooth Blenny has smooth skin that changes colour to camouflage itself in its surroundings. It is usually green with mottled black patterns. It has an elongated body with a continuous dorsal (back) fin.
It grows to about 15 centimetres (6 inches) in length.
It is native to the waters around Great Britain. It is found close to shore in tidal rocky habitats, rock pools, reefs, and lagoons.
The Smooth Blenny feeds on barnacles and small invertebrates.
It lives, on average, for 16 years.
[Location of photograph: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM