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Author: Günther, 1874

Serranus atricauda Günther, 1874

Diagnosis: body elongate. D X + 15-16, A III + 8; caudal fin truncate to slightly emarginate. Scales small, about 80-90 in lateral line. Colour: brownish; a series of darker, large blotches along sides, vertically elongate; blue dots and dark edge on median fins. Size: to 35 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic on the shelf to about 90 m, on hard bottoms (rocks, coralligenous). Food: fishes and invertebrates. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: eastern Atlantic from Bay of Biscay (rare) southward to Mauritania and around the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries, also Mediterranean, off Morocco, Algeria, southern Spain and occasionally south of France (Hyères Is.).

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). Bauzá-Rull´ån, 1961: 157, pl. 2 (fig. 15-16).

Blacktail comber (Serranus atricauda)