common dentex

Scientific name Dentex dentex
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category VU
Family Sparidae
Genus Dentex
Dentex dentex Dentex dentex


Dentex dentex, commonly known as common dentex, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Pattern

How to recognize the common dentex ?

The common dentex measures between 50 and 100 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body. The also has bleu tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The common dentex is a fish solitary. This species is carnivorous .

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


  • Reproduction

The common dentex is a fish ovovivipare.

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

  • Depth
    0 - 200 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The common dentex is most often found at a depth between 0m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Morphological study of Pagrus pagrus, Pagellus bogaraveo, and Dentex dentex (Sparidae) in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea - Jorge Palma - Jose Pedro Andrade - Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK - 2004.

Reproductive strategy of common dentex Dentex dentex: management implications - GRAU, A. - SABORIDO-REY, F. - PASTOR, E. - PALMER, M. - MASSUTÍ-PASCUAL, E. - QUETGLAS, A. - RIERA, I. - MORALES-NIN, B. - Mediterranean Marine Science - 2016.

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