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Author: (Linnaeus, 1785)

Serranus cabrilla (Linnaeus, 1785)

Diagnosis: body elongate. D X + 13-15, A III + 7-8; caudal fin truncate to slightly emarginate. 72-78 scales in lateral line. Colour: yellowish-grey or reddish; 7-9 brown vertical bands on upper part; a few yellow or orange longitudinal lines on sides of head. Size: to 40 cm SL, usually about 20 cm.

Habitat: benthic on the shelf and upper slope to about 500 m, on rocks, Posidonia beds, sandy and muddy bottoms. Food: fishes and invertebrates. Reproduction: April-July (Mediterranean), July-August (English Channel).

Distribution: eastern Atlantic northward to south of England (occasion ally North Sea) and around the Azores and Madeira, also Mediterranean and Black Sea. Elsewhere, eastern Atlantic, the Canaries, southward to Angola; also South Africa (Natal), and possibly Red Sea.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Raffaele, 1888: 19, pl. 1(5), 2 (1, 3) | Lo Bianco, 1909: 750 | Fage, 1918: 26, fig. 12-16 | Bertolini, 1933: 318, fig. 248-250 | Vodeanitky & Kazanova, 1954: 264, fig. 17 (8 fig.) | Marinaro, 1971: 31, pl. 7 (fig. 1-3).
Otoliths (sagitta). Koken, 1884: 534, pl. 9 (fig. 14) | Sanz Echeverría, 1926: 152, fig. 30; 1931: 373, pl. 2 (fig. 15) | Chaine, 1935: 103.

Comber (Serranus cabrilla)