Saddled seabream - Oblada melanura

The saddled seabream (Oblada melanura), also called the saddle bream or oblade, is a species of fish of the family Sparidae. It is monotypic in the genus Oblada.

Occhiata – Oblada melanura – famiglia degli Sparidi. È l’unica specie del genere Oblada.


It has a fuse-shaped blueish-silver body, with a black spot near the tail. The maximum length recorded for this species is 34 centimetres (13 in), and maximum recorded weight is 0.6 kilograms (1.3 lb). Commonly specimens are around 20 centimetres (7.9 in). The mouth is relatively small, with lower jaw being little bit in front of the upper jaw.

It is a gregarious fish, spawning in June and July. The saddled seabream is an omnivorous fish, but feeds mainly on small invertebrates.

Distribution and habitat
It is found over seagrass and rocky bottoms in the Mediterranean Sea, Bay of Biscay, Madeira, Cape Verde, Canary Islands and Strait of Gibraltar to Angola.

It can be found between 0 and 30m, but more commonly between 5 and 20m. Often can be found near surface, not far away from the shore.


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