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

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  36.6 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 525.0 g
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. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 25.07.17
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 04.08.94

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