spotted seabass

Scientific name Dicentrarchus punctatus
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1792
IUCN category LC
Family Moronidae
Genus Dicentrarchus
Dicentrarchus punctatus Dicentrarchus punctatus


Dicentrarchus punctatus, commonly known as spotted seabass, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Genus Dicentrarchus

The species of the genus Dicentrarchus are commonly called "european seabass" or "sea bass." They belong to the family moronidae. There are currently two species related to this genus: Dicentrarchus labrax (european seabass) and Dicentrarchus punctatus (spotted seabass).

European seabass are medium to large-sized fish (40 to 70 centimeters), with a fusiform body, slightly compressed on the sides. The largest specimens reach 1 meter in length and 15 kilograms in weight.

They are silvery or spotted, always in shades of gray. They are often found in schools in rocky areas in shallow coastal waters (less than 100 meters).

They are predators with a broad head and like to hide in currents to ambush their prey. They have two dorsal fins, the first of which has spines that can surprise fishermen. The pectoral fins are long and pointed. Three spines are present on the anal fin.

These species are frequently consumed, and their population is declining.


  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern

How to recognize the spotted seabass ?

The spotted seabass measures between 30 and 70 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body. The also has noir tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The spotted seabass is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is carnivorous .

Although the spotted seabass is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

The spotted seabass is most often found at a depth between 0m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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