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Temporal range: 58.7–0Ma Thanetian to Present[1]
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Serranus baldwini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Genus: Serranus
G. Cuvier, 1816 [2]
Type species
Serranus cabrilla
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Serranus is a genus of fish in the family Serranidae. It is one of five genera known commonly as the "western Atlantic dwarf sea basses".[3]

These fish are hermaphrodites, each individual possessing functional male and female reproductive tissues. When a pair spawns, one fish acts as a male and the other acts as a female.[4]


There are currently 29 recognized species in this genus:[5]



  1. ^ Sepkoski, J. (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology, 364: p.560. 
  2. ^ Cuvier, G. (1816): Le Règne Animal distribué d'après son organisation pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée. Les reptiles, les poissons, les mollusques et les annélides. Edition 1. Règne Animal ,(ed. 1) v. 2. i-xviii + 1-532.
  3. ^ a b Carvalho Filho, A. & Ferreira, C.E.L. (2013). "A new species of dwarf sea bass, genus Serranus (Serranidae: Actinopterygii), from the southwestern Atlantic Ocean" (PDF). Neotropical Ichthyology, 11 (4): 809–814. 
  4. ^ García-Díaz, M., González, J.A., Lorente, M.J. & Tuset, V.M. (2006): Spawning season, maturity sizes, and fecundity in blacktail comber (Serranus atricauda) (Serranidae) from the eastern-central Atlantic. Fishery Bulletin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 104 (2): 159-66.
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2014). Species of Serranus in FishBase. November 2014 version.