The Gilt-Head Sea Bream (Sparus aurata) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Sparidae family of bream fish.
The Gilt-Head Sea Bream is a compressed fish with a small mouth. It has a gold bar marking between its eyes.
It grows to about 35 centimetres (14 inches) in length.
The Gilt-Head Sea Bream is native to the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern coastal regions of the North Atlantic Ocean. It prefers shallow water, swimming near seagrass.
It mainly eats shellfish, but it also eats some aquatic plants. It is a bottom-dwelling (benthic) fish.
It is usually seen alone or in small groups.
[Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM