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Temporal range: 58.7–0 Ma
Thanetian to Present [1]
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Serranus baldwini
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Serranus cabrilla
Scientific classification

G. Cuvier, 1816
Type species
Perca cabrilla

Serranus is a genus of fish in the family Serranidae.[2] It is one of five genera known commonly as the "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 30 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Sepkoski, J.J.Jr (2002). "A Compendium of Fossil Marine Animal Genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 363: 1–560.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). Species of Serranus in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  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". Neotropical Ichthyology. 11 (4): 809–814. doi:10.1590/s1679-62252013000400008.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  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, 104 (2): 159-166.
  5. ^ Wirtz, P. & Iwamoto, T. (2016): A New Species of Serranus from São Tomé and Príncipe, Eastern Atlantic (Pisces, Teleostei, Serranidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 63 (6): 191-200.