redlip blenny

Scientific name Ophioblennius atlanticus
Descriptor Valenciennes
Year of description 1836
IUCN category LC
Family Blenniidae
Genus Ophioblennius
Ophioblennius atlanticus Ophioblennius atlanticus


Ophioblennius atlanticus, commonly known as redlip blenny, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    19 cm
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    19 cm

How to recognize the redlip blenny ?

The redlip blenny measures between 15 and 19 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly noir body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The redlip blenny is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is omnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the redlip blenny has little concern for non-territorial animals. In a constant quest for dominance, the dominant males of this species cannot stand each other. The battle between two individuals can be intense and violent. It will result in the submission and sometimes even death of one of the protagonists.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché

The redlip blenny is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 50 m
  • Flow
    Strong and Medium

Biotope presentation

The redlip blenny is most often found at a depth between 0m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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