Rockpooling in S W Wales
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By the 4th the bitterly cold wind had died down, but it was not until the 10th that I braved a visit to Lydstep Beach, Tenby, with Mike & Gina Batt of 'Silent World' Aquarium, Tenby. The shore fauna was sparse but I discovered Butterfish, Pholis gunnellus; Worm Pipefish, Nerophis lumbriciformis; and a Mermaid's Purse of the Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicucla. The embryo is alive but in poor condition. There were also a few Brittlestars, Ophiothrix fragilis, amongst the rocks and weed, with the permanent residents of the shore including Broad-clawed Porcelain Crabs and small Common Hermit Crabs.
A report of the fauna on the shores around Britain in January 1997 can
be found in issue number 1 of the Shorewatch Newsletter,
published by the British Marine Life Study Society.
This very small fish (max size 40 mm) is found in the shallow seas and
between the tides in the south and west of Britain. It is under-recorded
and only receives the attention of 'rockpoolers'.
It is the most widespread of 4 species of clingfish in the family Gobiesocidae
found in British seas. It was recently known as Apletodon microcephalus.
This specimen was captured and photographed by Robert Jones (of Trowbridge)
from the shore at Dorset. Young specimens have been caught by John
Barker and Andy Horton off Sussex. This species
has been confused with Diplogaster bimaculata,
the Two-spotted Clingfish.
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Mumbles Pier, Swansea Bay
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