axillary seabream

Scientific name Pagellus acarne
Descriptor Risso
Year of description 1827
IUCN category LC
Family Sparidae
Genus Pagellus
Pagellus acarne Pagellus acarne


Pagellus acarne, commonly known as axillary seabream, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    36 cm
  • Longevity
    7 year
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    36 cm
  • Longevity
    7 year

How to recognize the axillary seabream ?

The axillary seabream measures between 25 and 36 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly argent and rose body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The axillary seabream is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the axillary seabream is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The axillary seabream is a fish ovipare. This fish always born male. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become female, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protandrous type.

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
    12 - 18 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 500 m

Biotope presentation

The axillary seabream is most often found at a depth between 2m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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