Oblada melanura (Linnaeus, 1758)
Saddled seabream
Oblada melanura
photo by Veiga, P.

 Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
 Max. size:  34 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range - 30 m, oceanodromous
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Bay of Biscay, the Mediterranean, and from the Strait of Gibraltar to Angola. Also known from Madeira, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands.
 Biology:  Gregarious, forms aggregations over rocky bottoms or seagrass beds (Zostera and seaweeds). Omnivorous but feeds mainly on small invertebrates (Ref. 3688). Important food fish.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 04.08.94

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