Black Sea Bream
Usual Size: 35cm
UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:
Deep laterally flattened body, with large scales, that are also present upon the head. Single long dorsal fin, who's anterior portion is composed of 11 spines, with the posterior formed of 13 to 14 soft branched rays. The anal fin is approximately half the length of the dorsal fin (although shorter than the Red Sea Bream), and has 3 spines at it's anterior that is then composed of 11 to 12 branched rays. The head is small with large eyes, and a small low set mouth. The teeth are small and slightly curved, whilst being sharp and pointed. There is a gradation in size of the dentition from front to back.
The top of the head and body is a darkish blue grey to black that blends into the metallic silver grey of the sides. Six or seven dusky vertical bands are often to be seen on the sides, along with horizontal streaks of golden brown.
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