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Umbrina cirrosa (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Another very attractive animal, member of this family. The animals are found in relative shallow waters (up to 100 m), over muddy, rocky or sandy substrata feeding on benthic invertebrates and planktonic matter they graze from the bottom. They may enter estuaries as juveniles. The animals have become migrants in the Red Sea, via the Suez Canal. They form small schools.

     They may reach an adult (TL) length from 40 cm to 70 cm and they spawn from early spring to late summer.

     May be the most beautiful animals from this family found in the area showing a violet brown overall coloration with golden stripes and keeping them in captivity is a temptation. They should need massive tanks, aquascaped accordingly to their natural biotopes and always must be kept in small groups consisting of – at least – six or more individuals.

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