This is one of the biggest fish in the Mediterranean. It has a compressed, oval body and a large head. In adults, the back is silvery grey or blue-grey and covered in blue-green spots, while the sides are silvery with pink tinges. Young fish are greyish with black spots on their backs. Juveniles live in schools but the adults are solitary animals. They feed on fish and molluscs and can measure up to 1m long. They like rocky bottoms down to depths of 200m and are found in the Mediterranean except in the Black Sea, and from the Bay of Biscay to Mauritania in the Atlantic.
Scientific name: Dentex dentex