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Serranus cabrilla

 

KINGDOM:        Animalia

PHYLUM:            Chordata

CLASS:                Actinopterygii

ORDER:               Perciformes

FAMILY:            Serranidae

GENUS:               Serranus

SPECIES:            cabrilla

 

COMMON NAME: serra (català)/ cabrilla (es)/ comber (en).

 

DISTRIBUTION: Mediterranean Sea, Balck Sea, eastern Atlantic Ocean, to south of England, around Azores and Madeira and Canaries. Also South Africa and possibly Red Sea.

 

HABITAT: on rocks, posidonia beds, sandy and muddy bottoms. Dwells in waters down to about 500m.

 

DESCRIPTION: oval with a cone-shaped head and an opercula with 2 or 3 spines. They have 7-9 vertical dark-coloured bands on their bodies and two lighter lengthwise stripes.

 

ECOLOGICAL CATHEGORY: benthos.

 

BIOLOGY: a solitary and territorial species that can be found in couples during the mating  season.

 

SIZE: up to 40 cm.

 

DIET: they feed on small fish, crustaceans and small invertebrates.

 

REPRODUCTION: hermaphrodite. Mediterranean Sea: April – July; English Channel: July – August.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=1353&lang=English

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=2565917

 

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