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Marine Wildlife  Shanny

Shanny - Photo  Copyright 2004 Dean Stables
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Find out more about marine wildlife with this terrific Collins field guide - click here

Latin name: Lipophrys pholis

Size: Grows to a length of around 15cms.

Distribution: Found all round the UK coast.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Rocky coastlines and sandy shores.

Food: Algae, small fish, barnacles and mussels.

Special features: The shanny has a blunt face and a dorsal fin runningthe length of its back. It has eyes on the top of its head, giving it excellent vision.

It can vary its body colour from dark grey to match a rocky background to olive-green to match seaweeds. The skin is smooth and slimy and lacks scales.


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