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 Polyprion americanus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

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

     This is a very well known species, especially to pelagic spear hunters, in Mediterranean. The animals have a very distinctive adult coloration with white irregular blotches on a black overall body coloration. They are usually found living pelagically and commonly occur near the surface as well as at depths between 40 m and 600 m or even up to 1.000 m.

     It is a solitary animal and when young they take cover under drifting floating objects. The animals prefer rocky or muddy bottoms and environments rich in crabs, molluscs, other large crustaceans and cephalopods, although adults include a variety of fishes in their diet.

     The animals gain a common size of 60 cm to 80 cm of (TL) length, while much larger individuals – up to 2,1 m of (SL) length – have also been recorded. They may gain a total body weight of over 45 kg and they are estimated as a valuable fish food.

     The animals spawn during the summer months and they are mouthbrooders!!!

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