Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults occur in caves and other dimly lit biotopes. Active during daytime. They feed mainly on small sessile invertebrates and algae, to a lesser extent on harpacticoids (Ref. 5981). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
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Distribution

Range Description

Microlipophrys nigriceps is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea (Golani 2005, Golani et al. 2006), where it is found in most coastal areas, including Syrian waters (Saad 2005), except for the extreme west, and apparently absent from parts of the north African coast (not known from Tunisia, Libya and Egypt). Southern records are based on a described subspecies (L. m. portmahonis Castanos, 1933;Zander 1986), but only present in suitable (rocky) habitat. Microlipophrys nigriceps is found to no deeper than six metres (Zander 1986).
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Mediterranean Sea.
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Mediterranean Sea endemic.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 43 mm ---
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Max. size

4.3 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 5981))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Microlipophrys nigriceps is a cryptic benthic species that occurs in rocky caves and crevices in shaded areas, and also in coralligenous habitats. It is not found in areas with sandy substrates. It is a tourist 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).

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 6 m (Ref. 5981)
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Depth: 0 - 6m.
Recorded at 6 meters.

Habitat: demersal.
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Trophic Strategy

Occurs in caves and other dimly lit biotopes. Active during daytime. Feeds mainly on small sessile invertebrates and algae, to a lesser extent on harpacticoids (Ref. 5981).
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2014

Assessor/s
Williams, J.T., Herler, J. & Kovacic, M.

Reviewer/s
Ahnelt, H. & Harvey, M.

Contributor/s
Di Natale, A., Bariche, M., Massuti, E., Bizsel, K. & Bilecenoglu, M.

Justification
Microlipophrys nigriceps is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, where it is widespread. It is found in almost all coastal areas where there is suitable habitat, though not in high densities. Although there are no data on the population status or trends, it is widespread and there are no major threats. Therefore, M. nigriceps is assessed as Least Concern.

History
  • 2013
    Least Concern (LC)
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Population

Population
Frequently found in surveys in suitable habitat, but not in high densities.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats for this species.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No specific conservation measures are in place or required for this species. However, this species is found in marine protected areas within its distribution range.Microlipophrys nigriceps was assessed globally and in the Mediterranean as Least Concern(Abdul Malaket al.2011, IUCN 2011).
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Black-headed blenny

The Black-headed blenny (Microlipophrys nigriceps) is a species of combtooth blenny found in the Mediterranean Sea. It can reach a maximum length of 4.3 centimetres (1.7 in) TL. This species is also found in the aquarium trade.[1]

References

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Microlipophrys nigriceps" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
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