Butterfish

Pholis gunnellus

About

A long, eel-like fish found in seaweeds, crevices and under rocks in rockpools and shallow, rocky seas. Both the males and females of this species take turns to guard their unhatched eggs.

How to identify

Unmistakeable. Pale yellowish-orange in colour, with bands of darker brown and white-ringed black spots along the back.

Where to find it

Found all around our coasts.

Habitats

When to find it

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  • September

How can people help

Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Butterfish
Latin name
Pholis gunnellus
Category
Fish and sharks
Statistics
Length: up to 25cm
Conservation status
Common.