|Distribution of Pagellus erythrinus|
It has a slim, oval fusiform body, with a smallish mouth and scales covering its face. The eyes are smaller than those of Pagellus bogaraveo and Pagellus acarne. It is silver in colour with a pink tinge, particularly on its back. A typical specimen measures 10–30 cm, but it can reach as much as 50 cm in length.
The common pandora is a hermaphrodite, spending the first two years of its life as a female, and the third year as a male. It is omnivorous, but mainly feeds on smaller fish and benthic invertebrates.
- "Pagellus erythrinus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 1 March 2007.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Pagellus erythrinus" in FishBase. March 2007 version.
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