Common Pandora (Pagellus Erythrinus)
Latin name: Pagellus erythrinus
Common name: Common pandora
In other languages: E: Breca, F: Pageot Commun, D: Rotbrasse
Habitat: Over mud or sandy ground from 10 metres down to 100 metres. Very much at home among breakers on a rocky coastline and in offshore breakers at the surf line of sandy beaches.
Reproduction: Breeds spring to autumn (Mediterranean).
Behaviour: Solitary by nature and hermaphrodite with its primal phase being female. A carnivore living off small invertebrates with a preference for coralline ground where prey items are more readily available. A very strong swimmer with a fast turn of speed.
Diet: Small crustaceans and molluscs.
Size: Common: 10 - 30cm, maximum: 60cm.
Shape: Deep body, tapering to tail, small head with jaws not reaching back to small eyes.