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Pagellus erythrinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by MCH/Andreas I. Iliopoulos

Original drawing in "Guid d'identification des poissons marins Europe et Mediterranee" by Patrick Louisy

These pandoras are found in a wide range of depths, as they occur from shallow as 5 m to 300 m, although commonly they inhabit depths between 20 m and 100 m. They prefer deeper waters in winter months.

     Their usual environments are sandy and muddy substrata, where the animals live solitary or in small groups. They consume almost anything as food, from benthic invertebrate animals to smaller bottom dwelling fishes.

     Adults may grow from 25 cm to a maximum (SL) length of 60 cm. Young animals are ♀♀ and they mature at the 3rd year of their life, changing sex and becoming ♂♂, measuring over about 16 cm of length.

     They are really attractive animals as they bear a pale reddish overall coloration with small bluish spots along the lateral line and they could be fine aquarium residents as long as proper foods are able to be offered.

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