Microlipophrys dalmatinus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microlipophrys dalmatinus
Species Authority: (Steindachner & Kolombatovic, 1883)
Common Name(s):
French Blennie dalmate
Blennius dalmatinus Steindachner & Kolombatovic, 1883
Lipophrys dalmatinus (Steindachner & Kolombatovic, 1883)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2007-11-14
Assessor(s): Di Natale, A., Bilecenoglu, M., Bariche, M. & Bizsel, C. and Massuti, E.
Reviewer(s): Livingstone, S. & Pollard, D. and Carpenter, K.
This very shallow water species is known primarily from the Mediterranean Sea. It is likely impacted by habitat loss and pollution throughout its known fragmented range, but its extent of occurrence and the population status are not known. This species is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Mediterranean Sea, although it is absent from the Levant (Golani et al. 2006). The species distribution is fragmented, probably due to the lack of records as it is not a commercial species and it is difficult to study. There is one record of this species off the south coast of Portugal.
Albania; Algeria; Croatia; Cyprus; France; Gibraltar; Greece; Italy; Libya; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Slovenia; Spain; Tunisia; Turkey
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – northeast; Mediterranean and Black Sea
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Population [top]

Population: This species is probably widespread in the Mediterranean Sea but there is no known population information. More studies on the distribution of this species are recommended.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species lives in shallow rocky areas, on filamentous algae-covered rocks in brackish water, in crevices, in mollusc and crustacean shells, and in holes.

This species is predominantly active during sunlight, otherwise it can be found in piddock holes or barnacle shells (Zander 1986). It feeds on benthic meiofauna, especially harpacticoids, and also on algae (Zander 1986). This species is oviparous with demersal, adhesive eggs (Breder and Rosen 1966).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Given this species' very shallow depth habitat, major threats include habitat loss due to pollution and coastal development. However, the impact of these threats on its population is not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No specific conservation measures are in place for this species. However, this species may be found in Marine Protected Areas within its distribution range.

Citation: Di Natale, A., Bilecenoglu, M., Bariche, M. & Bizsel, C. and Massuti, E. 2013. Microlipophrys dalmatinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 October 2014.
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