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Life Cycle

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Normally sexes are separate but some individuals are protandrous due to geographical variation in sexual pattern (Ref. 103751). However, histological studies confirm no degenerating functional tissue of one sex (e.g. vitellogenic or later-stage follicles) and no proliferation of tissue of the other sex can be found on this species indicating the absence of sex change. This particular condition is also known as nonfunctional hermaphroditism previously known as rudimentary hermaphroditism (Ref. 91314). Also Ref. 28504.
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Armi G. Torres
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Morphology

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Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11 - 13; Anal spines: 3; Analsoft rays: 11 - 12
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Trophic Strategy

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Inhabits chiefly Zostera seagrass beds but is also found on Posidonia beds and sandy bottoms, rarely on rocky bottoms. Carnivorous, feeds on worms, crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms and hydrozoans.
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Biology

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Inhabit chiefly Zostera seagrass beds but also found on Posidonia beds and sandy bottoms, rarely on rocky bottoms. Carnivorous, feed on worms, crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms and hydrozoans. The sexes are separated, although these fish are potential hermaphrodites; certain individuals are protandric (Ref. 4781).
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Importance

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fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Diplodus annularis

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Anular sea bream in Menorca (Balearic Island, Spain)

The annular sea bream (Diplodus annularis) is a species of seabream belonging to the family Sparidae.[1]

Description

Diplodus annularis can reach a length of about 27 centimetres (11 in), but usually it is approximately 13 cm long. Body is generally grey-silver, with a dark spot on caudal peduncle.

Distribution and habitat

This species is widespread in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Black Azov Seas and in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean: Madeira, Canary Islands, also off the coast of Portugal, north to the Bay of Biscay.

It inhabits rocky, sandy bottoms and seagrass beds. On sandy bottoms, it can be often found following species that dig the sand and trying to steal their food.

Fishing

It is often caught in various nets, fish traps and light longlines. Locally, it is very important catch for artisanal fishermen and can be often found fresh in local fish markets.

In sport fishing, it is often caught from shore or from boat on rod and real or handline and in shallow waters often on rigs with floats. It is not very picky about its bait and will grab hooks baited with small chunks of fish, various worms, small prawns, mussels, various pastes, bread, cheese and similar. Sometimes it can be caught while trolling from shore on European seabass or common dentex using live prawns as bait.

Larger specimens are often caught with a speargun.

Cuisine

It is one of the best tasting fish, especially larger specimen. Barbequed with some olive oil, garlic, parsley and few drops of lemon is a delicacy. In mixed fish stew, especially when there is some fatty fish like eels, it also has great taste and aroma.

It can be used for fish soups, or even pan fried, especially smaller specimens.

References

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2020). "Diplodus annularis" in FishBase. 6 2020 version.
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Diplodus annularis: Brief Summary

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Anular sea bream in Menorca (Balearic Island, Spain)

The annular sea bream (Diplodus annularis) is a species of seabream belonging to the family Sparidae.

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