Butterfish - Pholis gunnellus

Butterfish - Pholis gunnellus

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Species Compatibility

Cling Fish

Suitable DisplayDome Tank
Shore line Tank
Muscell Bed


Long slippery, eel like body. Normally a redish, orange colour with a row of black spots, each surrounded by a white circle along the base of the dorsal fin.


The butterfish is usually found beneath boulders and sea weeds on the low shore and also in deeper waters in a wide range of habitats.
It frequently hides amongst seaweed or in crevices in rock alongside other individuals.

Species fact

It has a very slippery skin and is difficult to pick up, hence its name the Butter fish.