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Gilt-head bream

Black porgy, Black sea bream

The gilt-head (sea) bream (Sparus aurata) is a fish of the bream family Sparidae found in the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern coastal regions of the North Atlantic Ocean. It commonly reaches about 35 centimeters in length, but may reach 70 centimeters and weigh up to about 17 kilograms.

The gilt-head bream is generally considered the best-tasting of the breams and has given the whole family of Sparidae its name.

It is typically found at depths of 030 meters, but may occur up to 150 meters.Seen singly or in small groups near seagrass or over sandy bottoms, but sometimes in estuaries during the spring.