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Serranus scriba  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Painted comber
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Serraninae
Etymology: Serranus: Latin, serran, serranus, saw and a fish of genus Serranus (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 150 m (Ref. 27000), usually ? - 30 m (Ref. 91154).   Subtropical; 50°N - 16°N, 32°W - 42°E

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 17.3, range 16 - ? cm
Max length : 36.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5506); common length : 25.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5506); max. reported age: 16 years (Ref. 91154)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

Eastern Atlantic: Bay of Biscay to Mauritania (Ref. 5377), including the Canary, and Azores. Also from the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on rocky bottom and on Posidonia beds. Feed on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 5506). Also found in muddy and algal or seagrass overgrown substrates. Reported to be a simultaneous hermaphrodite, which tends to spawn from early spring to early summer (Ref. 91154).

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Tortonese, E., 1986. Serranidae. p. 780-792. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the north-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. UNESCO, Paris. vol. 2.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01200 (0.01030 - 0.01398), b=3.04 (3.00 - 3.08), based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.22-0.24).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.