atlantic john dory

Scientific name Zeus faber
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category DD
Family Zeidae
Genus Zeus
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Zeus faber, commonly known as atlantic john dory, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    65 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    65 cm
  • Mimicry

How to recognize the atlantic john dory ?

The atlantic john dory measures between 30 and 65 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly vert, or and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The atlantic john dory hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The atlantic john dory is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the atlantic john dory is generally peaceful with non-territorial animals that cannot be potential prey.


  • Reproduction
    dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu

The atlantic john dory is a fish dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu.

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

  • Temperature
    10 - 20 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 400 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

The atlantic john dory is most often found at a depth between 5m and 400m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Benoit Chartrer

Benoit Chartrer


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Bibliographic references

ZEIDAE - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 1983.

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