Gymnocrotaphus curvidens Günther, 1859
Gymnocrotaphus curvidens
photo by King, D.R.

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 1 - 80 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: endemic to South Africa, from the Cape to Durban.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-10. Eyes deep blue; the brown of live specimens fades quickly, leaving orange lines along the scale rows; sometimes with narrow dark crossbars (Ref. 3198).
Biology:  Occurs mostly in shallow rocky areas, but also found down to 80 m. Flesh excellent.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 December 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 22.06.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 28.01.97

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