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Dicentrarchus labrax.jpg
European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Moronidae

The Moronidae are a family of perciform fishes, commonly called the temperate basses, consisting of at least six freshwater, brackish water, and marine species. The members of this family are most commonly found near the coastal regions of eastern North America (including the Gulf of Mexico), northern Africa, and Europe.[2] The family includes the genera Morone and Dicentrarchus.

Asian seabasses, Lateolabrax spp., are sometimes[2] placed in this family instead of their own family, the Lateolabracidae; this would increase the species number of this family to eight.

They are highly prized as sport fish.




  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Moronidae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Nelson, J. S. (2006). Fishes of the World (4 ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-25031-9.