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Chirolophis ascanii

(Walbaum, 1792)


Erling Svensen The yoga master - Chirolophis ascanii.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 07 Jul 2013
Tine Kinn Kvamme Today I finally got a photo of an awesome, but very shy Yarrell's blenny, Chirolophis ascanii. Drøbak in the Oslo Fjord, Norway. Canon G12, flash fired + handheld torch.

Iris Dielhenn so beautiful! :-) Congrats to that great shot!

Tine Kinn Kvamme Thanks Iris. One of my favorite fish in the Oslo Fjord ! :)

Frank Nelissen Nice one Tine!!

Tine Kinn Kvamme Thank you Frank Nelissen. I was happy with just getting the face on this one :) I love the "tree" on it´s head!

Message posted on UWphotographers on 10 Oct 2013
Erling Svensen Can any of you tell me what this white "thing" is?

Paul Freeman Looks very similar to a dive earlier this year near St Anthony's lighthouse, Falmouth. Looked like mould, covering 50 to 60 square metres of seabed and lower rocks really close to shore. I would love to know too.

Peter H van Bragt we see this (such a) fungi (mould) in places where there is fresh water leaking underground in to salt water. Patches are never so large though.

Erling Svensen This picture is taken 3 km from the coast, so no fresh water.

Inga Williamson It looks a bit like Beggiatoa spp., Erling - filamentous sulphur bacteria.

Christian Skauge Yup, I've told this is bacteria too, feeding on dead organic matter. Often found down in cracks and depressions.

Paul Freeman same? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153239141830352&set=a.10153239136830352.1073741854.712350351&type=3&theater

Douglas Herdson Paul, what is the upside down fish in photo #50? - a pogge??

Paul Freeman Hmmm I had assumed they were both topknots - http://www.glaucus.org.uk/topknot.htm

Paul Freeman I see them quite often - easy to ID as they cling to rocks

Douglas Herdson The two in the earlier photos certainly are topknots, but the fish upside down in the background of the photo of the prawn (#50) looks too short and deep-bodied and has a notable tail pattern.

Erling Svensen Yarrell, Chirolophis ascanii is the fishes name.

Paul Freeman I was looking at a different pic, duh! I actually did wonder what that was. Nothing like a topknot.

Paul Freeman not so sure it is a Yarrell's blenny - leaning more towards a short-spined scorpion fish

Paul Freeman https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153239154995352&set=a.10153239136830352.1073741854.712350351&type=3&theater

Erling Svensen I do not agree, Paul. I have seen to many Yarrells blennies and too many Scorpin fishes to agree to you.

Erling Svensen Look at the dorsal fin. The Yarrells have one, the scorpion fishes have three.

Andy Horton I have never seen one of these!

Erling Svensen Very common in Norway. I often see them together, mail and female in crevices.

Matt Slater used to see a fair few yarrels blennies in fishermens prawn pots in the fal estuary - my favourite fish by far!

Douglas Herdson Thanks Erling, but I thought the fish looked too short for a Yarrell's; also I always thought of them as smooth, whilst this fish seems to have an irregular outline. Does Chirolophis have that distinctive tail pattern?

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 11 Sep 2013
Alistair Eberst The name's escaped me. Any ideas?

Paul Freeman Looks like a Tompot blenny to me..

Andy Horton I have got an idea this may be Yarrell's Blenny, but I have never seen one!

David Wilson It is not a Tompot, need to see a bit more but Yarrell's is a strong possibility.

Alistair Eberst Yarrell's blenny seems like a good fit! A first for me. Thanks!

George Brown The line through the eye and sad expression makes it a Yarrell's Blenny. Taken in Scotland?

Alistair Eberst Yes. Furnace, Loch Fyne.

Thorleif Sørvik . it is aChirolophis ascanii Yarrell`blenny. i catch 3 of them years ago

Andy Horton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Yarrell

Alistair Eberst Thanks, I hadn't made the link between the blenny and the pied wagtail - nice to know!

Douglas Herdson Those tufty tentacles are typical of Yarrell's blenny.

Andy Horton Thirty years ago, I would have penned this a rare fish. I still like to see any pictures of this small fish.

Paul Freeman I saw 3 today...

Paul Freeman https://www.facebook.com/paul.freeman.35/media_set?set=a.10153012043245352.1073741840.712350351&type=3

Simon Parker https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150910165955685&set=a.10150910161270685.405720.576145684&type=3&theater

James Lynott http://flic.kr/p/cp5EFC

Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Perciformes (Order)
              Stichaeidae (Family)
                Chirolophis (Genus)
                  Chirolophis ascanii (Species)
Associated Species