A row of dark ocellated spots along the base of the dorsal fin.
B. Gunnellus, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 443. Block, Ichth. pl. 71. f. 1. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. ii. pl. 27. Gunnellus Cornubiensium, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 115. c. ix. tab. G. 8. f. 3. G. vulgaris, Flem. Brit. An. p. 207. Spotted Blenny, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 210. pl. 35. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 282. pl. 39. Spotted Gunnel, or Butter-Fish, Yarr. Brit. Fish. vol. i. p. 239.
From six to eight, rarely ten, inches.
(Form). Body elongated, and very much compressed throughout: greatest depth rather exceeding one-eighth of the entire length: thickness half the depth: head and back in one horizontal line; the former small, not more than one-ninth of the whole length, excluding caudal: snout more pointed than in the true Blennies; mouth small; lower jaw sloping considerably upwards; teeth minute: eyes placed rather high; the space between forming an elevated ridge: nape, behind the eyes, a little depressed: dorsal fin commencing a little behind the nape, at a distance from the end of the snout equalling one-eighth of the entire length, and extending quite to the caudal, with which it is continuous; all the rays simple and inarticulated, flexible, of the same height throughout, equalling scarcely more than one-sixth of the depth, projecting a little beyond the connecting membrane: anal commencing at about the middle of the whole length, likewise continuous with the caudal; the first two rays spinous; the rest articulated and branched: caudal rounded, with fifteen branched rays, and six simple ones shorter than the others, four above and two below: pectorals short, scarcely more than half the depth, rounded; all the rays articulated, and, except the first and last, branched: ventrals extremely small, scarcely one-third the length of the pectorals, reduced to a single spine united to one small soft ray of about its own length:
D. 77; A. 2/40; C. 15, and 6; P. 12; V. 1/1: vent exactly in the middle. (Colours). Deep olive, with a row of dark ocellated spots, varying in number, but generally from ten to twelve, along the line of the back, extending partly on to the dorsal fin: belly whitish: pectorals yellow.
Variety. Purple Blenny, Low, Faun. Ore. p. 203. " Reddish purple; fins lightest Likewise wants the spots on the back; instead of eleven, has only a single one, and that placed near the beginning of the back fin." Low.
Not uncommon; particularly off the coasts of Cornwall and Anglesea. Habits similar to those of the last species.