painted comber

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


Serranus scriba, commonly known as painted comber, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


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

How to recognize the painted comber ?

The painted comber measures between 25 and 26 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu and marron body. The also has marron vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

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

The painted 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
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The painted comber 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
    15 - 26 °C
  • Depth
    3 - 35 m

Biotope presentation

The painted comber is most often found at a depth between 3m and 35m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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Benoit Chartrer

Benoit Chartrer


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Bibliographic references

FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 16. Groupers of the world (family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephelinae). - Heemstra, P.C - J.E. Randall - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 1993.

SERRANIDAE - P.C. Heemstra - W.D. Anderson - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 2002.

Competition between the comber (Serranus cabrilla) and painted comber (Serranus scriba) at STARESO, Corsica, France. - Anja Sjostrom - Ryan Stephenson - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 0.

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