Pagellus acarne (Risso, 1827)
Axillary seabream
Pagellus acarne
photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  36 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range - 500 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea: Bay of Biscay to Senegal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde; rare in the British Isles but recorded occasionally off Denmark. Azores (Ref. 44330).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-10. Body tall without stripes but with a black spot at the pectoral fin base (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Adults inhabit various types of bottoms, especially seagrass beds and sand down to 500 m depth, but more common between 40 and 100 m. The young are found nearer to the shore. Omnivorous, but prefer worms, mollusks and small crustaceans (Ref. 3688). Important food fish.
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 04.08.94

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