Spotted Seabass - Dicentrarchus punctatus
Spotted Seabass (Dicentrarchus punctatus), is a marine and brackish water fish, belonging to the Moronidae family, belonging to the Moronidae family, very similar to the more famous European sea bass or Sea bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax). Spotted Seabass Branzino Spigola Maculata Dicentrarchus punctatus intotheblue.it
Distribution and habitat
Compared to the common seabass, it populates the southerners: common along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, it goes north to the Gulf of Guascna. It is still present along all the Italian coasts, except, perhaps, those of the northern Adriatic.
The occupied habitat is the same as the congener’s.
The doubt that a young specimen of the species Dicentrarchus Labrax is, since in the juvenile phase the livery presents the classic spots which will then disappear in growth, which will not happen in the case of the Dicentrarchus punctatus. Furthermore, in this case, the hunting phase is against Atherina Boyeri, a small freshwater and marine fish belonging to the Aterinidae family.
Some features such as: the widening of the very evident sides, the larger eye in proportion; The obvious black spot on the edge of the overhead, but makes us think it may be Dicentrarchus punctatus.
Our sea bass spotted, again hunting alone, although not a bit away there were other of the same size that featured the classic punctuation on the livery.
It is very similar to the common sea bass, but it differs in the following characters:
- mottling on the hips very evident and maintained even in the adult;
- larger eye in proportion;
- more squat silhouette;
- black spot clearly evident on the edge of the operculum.
The size is smaller, reaching a maximum of half a meter in length for 1 kg and a half of weight.
Predator, it feeds on crustaceans, molluscs and even small fish.
It occurs in the winter in coastal waters.