Dentex macrophthalmus (Bloch, 1791)
Large-eye dentex
Dentex macrophthalmus
photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 30 - 500 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: off Portugal and Strait of Gibraltar to Namibia, including Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. Also from the Mediterranean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Body and fins reddish; anal fin and lower part of caudal fin edged with white.
Biology:  Inhabit rocky or sandy bottoms; individuals descending to greater depths with growth. The stocks migrate seasonally between the coast and deeper waters in accordance with local hydrographic conditions and their life cycle. Feed mainly on fish and crustaceans; the young on plankton (Ref. 3688). Gonochorists (Ref. 4781).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 08.01.08

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