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Author: Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1810

Centracanthus cirrus Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1810

Diagnosis: an elongate fish with pointed snout and larg eeyes. Vomer toothless. Middle part of dorsal fin low. Dorsal finrays XIII + 9-10; anal finrays III + 9-10; pectoral fins longer than pelvic fins. Lateral line scales 86-90. Colour: reddish above and white below. Size: to 20 cm SL.

Habitat: above rocky or gravel bottoms to a depth of at least 200 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: shoals approach the coast in breeding season (summer); pelagic eggs.

Distribution: in the Mediterranean and off Madeira, the Azores and Portugal southwards to Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Sanzo, 1939: 1, pl. 1 | Thomopoulos, 1954a: 3, fig. 4 | Marinaro, 1971: 54, pl. 11 (fig. 4).
Otoliths (sagitta). Chaine, 1937: 243, pl. 20.

Centracanthus cirrus