Spicara maena (Linnaeus, 1758)
Blotched picarel
Spicara maena
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  25 cm SL (male/unsexed); 21 cm SL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 30 - 130 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Portugal, Morocco, and Canary Islands including the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Biology:  Adults are found in the neritic zone, commonly over Posidonia beds and on sand or muddy bottoms (Ref. 6518). They are distributed at depths of 30m to 90m (Ref. 56124). Feed on zooplankton. Are protogynous hermaphrodites.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 August 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 23.01.92
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 31.01.18
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 12.09.94

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