Black sea bream (Spondyliosoma cantharus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound off south-west Britain and east Ireland in the English Channel and the Irish Sea.
HabitatFound over seagrass beds and rocky and sandy bottoms down to about 300 m.
- A large silvery fish.
- A single long dorsal fin.
- A small mouth.
- Black rim on tail (especially in young fish).
Additional informationSpawning occurs in April and May. The Black sea bream lays its eggs on a nest that the male excavates on the sand with its tail. Black sea bream is a hermaphrodite and undergoes a change in sex during its life. It is omnivorous, feeding on seaweeds and small invertebrates, especially crustaceans. It is an important food fish.
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Last Updated: 17/04/2008