| Ecological Descriptors
|S, M, Man
||Mil, Cru, Veg
Body oval and laterally compressed. Light bluish on back and silvery white below: a prominent black blotch on upper side above pectoral fin and 7 golden stripes on side. Most fins with an orange tint. In males, the pelvic fin is partially or totally dark, whilst in females it is orange.
This is a shallow water species (1 to 50m) most commonly found over mud bottoms in mangrove swamps and on vegetated sand bottoms, sometimes in brackish water. It is also found occasionally in coral reef areas near mangroves. Juveniles usually found in mangroves and seagrasses. It feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates (small bivalves, crustaceans), as well as on plant material.
Most spawning areas are above sea grass beds. Adult females are believed to be multiple spawners during one spawning season (Spring/ Summer). First maturation occurs at 8 cm. Reported maximum age of 2 years.
Western Atlantic Sea Bream