This female Lumpsucker was in a rockpool at low water with a male Lumpsucker.
No interactions present.
Quite a few fish seem to have been given these rather unflattering names! This one is new to me.
The male sticks to a rock to look after the eggs using the sucker on it's belly.
You might have heard of lumpfish caviar it is the eggs of this fish.
R J Bax
The grey fish on the left is a female, the one with the red belly a male.
It is unusual to see a female inshore. They usually lay their eggs and scadaddle leaving the male sticking to the rock to guard the eggs.
Great pictures - never seen one of these before
Lat/Lng: 54.5, -0.8
OS grid ref: NZ7918