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Zvonimir's blenn. Babosa de bandas

Parablennius zvonimiri

Description:

With the characteristic shape of the blenids and cryptic coloration, with branching tentacles over the eyes, the maximum length described is 7 cm. The usual color is dark with seven white spots, but during mating the males present a bright orange color for attract females to their territory (this is the case of spotting). Con la forma característica de los blénidos y coloración críptica, con tentáculos ramificados sobre los ojos, la longitud máxima descrita es de 7 cm.​ El color habitual es oscuro con siete manchas blancas, pero durante el apareamiento los machos presentan un color naranja vivo para atraer a las hembras a su territorio (este es el caso del spotting).​

Habitat:

Mediterranean rocky coast of Cabo de Palos (Murcia).

Notes:

It lives close to the demersal seabed, on rocky and poorly lit coasts such as hanging rocks or caves, common in rocky reefs among algae, which it feeds on. The female deposits the eggs inside an empty mussel and the male, after fertilizing them, takes care of them until they hatch.They yawn as a defense to drive away rival males from their territory. Habita pegado al fondo demersal marino, en las costas rocosas y poco iluminadas tales como rocas colgantes o cuevas, común en arrecifes rocosos entre las algas, de las que se alimenta. La hembra deposita los huevos en el interior de un mejillón vacío y el macho, tras fecundarlos, se encarga de cuidarlos hasta que eclosionan.​ Bostezan a modo de defensa para ahuyentar a los machos rivales de su territorio.

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eulalia rubio
Spotted by
eulalia rubio

Cabo de Palos, Región de Murcia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 5, 2020
Submitted on Aug 5, 2020

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