Blackspot seabream

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Blackspot seabream
Pagellus bogaraveo - Baron Cuvier.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Pagellus
P. bogaraveo
Binomial name
Pagellus bogaraveo
(Brünnich, 1768)
  • Sparus bogaraveo (Brünnich, 1768)
  • Pagellus cantabricus (Asso, 1801)
  • Sparus centrodontus (Delaroche, 1809)
  • Pagellus centrodontus (Delaroche, 1809)

The blackspot seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo), also known as the red seabream, is a fish species in family Sparidae. It is widespread in the Eastern Atlantic from Norway, Strait of Gibraltar to Cape Blanc in Mauritania, Madeira, Canary Islands, and western Mediterranean; it has been also reported from Iceland.


The blackspot seabream is largely found in the waters of the North Atlantic between Norway, Normandy, Iceland, and the British Isles, it is also found in islands off the Atlantic such as the Canary Islands and in the Mediterranean near the coast. The fish in the Atlantic inhabit generally deeper waters than those of the Mediterranean.


The blackspot seabream spends much of its life in the mesopelagic or twilight zone. It is usually reported at depths of 150–300 m (490–980 ft) although in the Mediterranean it has been reported at depths of 400m and in the North Atlantic it can go as deep as 700m. Young of the species often live near the coastline whereas adult members oftentimes live over the continental shelf.


The red seabream has a varied diet, but it feeds largely on crustaceans, molluscs, and small fish. It can eat plant matter as well.


The blackspot seabream is hermaphroditic. Early in its lifecycle it is male. Between the ages of 2 and 7, however, it becomes female. Spawning occurs in the first half of the calendar year.

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