Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Oval and compressed body. Head profile rather regular, steeper in front of eye. Mouth low, very slightly oblique. Several rows of canine-like teeth. The uppers visible when mouth is closed. Colour light red with silvery reflections. Head darker and fins pinkish. Distal part of dorsal and anal fins more intensely reddish. A very small dark spot above pectoral fin insertions. Males display a more intense coloration during the spawning season.
- Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
- Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
- Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
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