White Seabream (Diplodus Sargus Sargus)

Latin name: Diplodus sargus sargus
Common name: White seabream
In other languages: E: Sargo, F: Sar Commun, D: Große Geißbrasse
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Diplodus

Distribution: Throughout the Mediterranean in coastal waters.

This species of bream will move into brackish water and can be found in lagoons and estuaries - from the surface waters down to 30 metres. It is a fairly common fish to be found around wrecks, using the wreck both as a food resource and a bolt hole when alarmed.

Behaviour: A shoaling species though adults are more solitary. When alarmed by predators or divers alike they seek refuge in the nooks and crannies of the rocky areas they request in inshore waters. At night they can be seen by divers in small caves in amongst the rocks, in many cases going to the extent of lying on their side in the deepest (even though restricted) recess of their nocturnal sanctuary.

Diet: Omnivorous during their juvenile years with a leaning to being more carnivorous in their adult years.

Size: Common: 15 - 30cm, maximum: 45cm.