Boops boops (Linnaeus, 1758)
photo by Pontes, M.

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 455.0 g
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 350 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Norway to Angola, including the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, and the Sao Tome-Principe Islands. Common from Bay of Biscay to Gibraltar (Ref. 4781). Also found in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 14-16. Body slender, with 3 - 5 weak, golden longitudinal stripes and a black spot at the pectoral fin base (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Found on the shelf or coastal pelagic on various bottoms (sand, mud, rocks and seaweeds). Gregarious, ascending to the surface mainly at night. Omnivorous, feeding mainly on crustaceans, also planktophagous. Hermaphroditic, generally protogynous. Also caught in pelagic trawls (Ref. 9987). Utilized fresh and frozen; consumed pan-fried, broiled and baked (Ref. 9987).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 14 August 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 25.07.17
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 03.08.94

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