Microlipophrys nigriceps


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microlipophrys nigriceps
Species Authority: (Vinciguerra, 1883)
Common Name(s):
English Black-headed Blenny
French Blennie à tête noire
Blennius nigriceps Vinciguerra, 1883
Lipophrys nigriceps (Vinciguerra, 1883)
Lipophrys nigriceps subspecies cypriacus Bath, 1973
Lipophrys nigriceps subspecies portmahonis Castanos, 1933

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2007-11-13
Assessor(s): Di Natale, A., Bilecenoglu, M., Bariche, M. & Bizsel, C. and Massuti, E.
Reviewer(s): Livingstone, S. & Pollard, D. and Carpenter, K.
This species is widespread in the Mediterranean Sea. It lives in caves and crevices. There are no major threats, although pollution may locally affect this species. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea (Golani et al. 2006).
Albania; Algeria; Croatia; Cyprus; Egypt; France; Greece; Israel; Italy; Lebanon; Libya; Malta; Monaco; Montenegro; Slovenia; Spain; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Mediterranean and Black Sea
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information for this species. This species is restricted to a particular habitat, but is common within this habitat.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This cryptic species occurs in rocky caves and crevices in shaded areas, and also in coralligenous habitats. It is a touristic attraction in some areas.

This fish is active during daytime. It mainly feeds on small sessile invertebrates and algae, and to a lesser extent on harpacticoids (Zander 1986). It is oviparous with distinct pairing and demersal, adhesive eggs (Breder and Rosen 1966).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats for this species.

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 nigriceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 September 2014.
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