Found in seagrass beds and sandy bottoms as well as in the surf zone commonly to depths of about 30 m, but adults may occur to 150 m depth. A sedentary fish, either solitary or in small aggregations. In spring, they often occur in brackish water coastal lagoons and estuaries. Mainly carnivorous, accessorily herbivorous Feed on shellfish, including mussels and oysters. One of the most important fishes in saline and hypersaline aquaculture. Utilized fresh and eaten steamed, pan-fried, broiled, boiled, microwaved and baked. The seabream can be found in the Eastern Atlantic: British Isles, Strait of Gibraltar to Cape Verde and around the Canary Islands; also in the Mediterranean. Also the Black Sea and near New Zealand refer to Eastern Atlantic: British Isles, Strait of Gibraltar to Cape Verde and around the Canary Islands; also in the Mediterranean. Reported from the Black Sea. Reports from New Zealand refer to Pagrus auratus, Farmed in Greece and Turkey.
Depth rangeDepth rangeDE20 - 100 M
Common lengthCommon lengthDE20 - 55 CM
Common weightCommon weightDE200 - 1200 G