Scientific name Capros aper
Descriptor Linné
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Caproidae
Genus Capros
Capros aper Capros aper


Capros aper, commonly known as Boarfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    13 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Longevity
    26 year
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    13 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Longevity
    26 year
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the Boarfish ?

The Boarfish measures around 13 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 25 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly orange and rose body. The also has orange vertical stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The Boarfish is a fish gregarious naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The Boarfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    7 - 15 °C
  • Depth
    30 - 700 m

Biotope presentation

The Boarfish is most often found at a depth between 30m and 700m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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