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Species: Pagrus pagrus, Red Porgy

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head deep, round profile
pink body & fins
front teeth = canines
rear nostril oblong
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Pagrus pagrus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red Porgy

Body oblong, compressed; head deep, upper profile rounded; eye not high on head, distance to mouth ~equal to eye diameter; rear nostril oblong, larger than front nostril; mouth small, opens at front; bone under front of eye overlaps rear bone of top jaw; jaw teeth in 2 rows, slender, close-set canines at front (4 above, 6 below), molars on side; preopercle border smooth; dorsal fin low, XII, 10; anal fin short, III short spines, 8 rays; pectoral long, much longer than pelvic; tail forked; lateral line 54-57 scales; cheeks and opercles scaly, but no scales on snout or between the eye and mouth.

Back and upper sides pink, with an indistinct yellow spot on each scale of upper half of body; yellow between eyes; yellow on snout and top lip; dorsal, pectoral and tail fins pink; tips of tail whitish.

Reaches 91 cm.

Lives on rocky and hard sand bottoms.

Depth range: 10-250 m, usually 10-80 m.

New York to Argentina; also in the E Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Corallivore
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Soft corals/hydroids
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 91
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 250