Sparodon durbanensis (Castelnau, 1861)
Musselcracker seabream
Sparodon durbanensis
photo by SFSA

 Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
 Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 80 m
 Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: Cape of Good Hope to Natal in South Africa. Also recorded from Djibouti (Ref. 5450) and from Mozambique (Ref. 5213).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-10. Faint stripes on a greyish body; bluish glow while in water (Ref. 3198).
 Biology:  Inhabits shallow coastal waters, mainly off rocky shores down to 80 m depth. Rarely enters estuaries. Young commonly found in tide pools. Feeds mainly on mollusks (Ref. 5213). An important food fish.
 IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 13.04.92
 Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 22.02.97
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 05.08.94

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