Species catalogue

Old wife

Order Perciformes
Family Sparidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Oval and compressed body. Relatively small head, with concave profile. Medium mouth with 4-6 rows of pointed, small teeth with each jaw. Large eyes. Bluish gray or brownish on dorsum, Silver flanks. It measures up to 51 cm. It weighs up to 3 kg.

FAO code
Spondyliosoma cantharus
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • 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
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Streifenbrassen
France Griset
Italy Tanuta
Portugal Choupa
United Kingdom Old wife
Japan Kurodai
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Pots traps
Purse seines

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