brown comber

Scientific name Serranus hepatus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Serranidae
Genus Serranus
Serranus hepatus Serranus hepatus


Serranus hepatus, commonly known as brown comber, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the brown comber ?

The brown comber measures between 15 and 25 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly marron and beige body. The also has marron vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The brown comber is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The brown comber is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The brown comber is a fish ovipare.

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
    15 - 26 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The brown comber is most often found at a depth between 5m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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