Its dark grey-brown body with flashes of gold or bronze distinguishes it from other fish, making it one of the most elegant in the Mediterranean. It has two confluent dorsal fins, one of which has a black border like the anal fin. The first rays of the anal and pelvic fins are pearly white. The brown meagre lives between the surface and 180m in small groups in the mouths of crevices and caves where it can take shelter. It comes out at night to hunt for crustaceans, fish, worms and molluscs. It can grow to 50cm long and is found in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and in the Atlantic from south of the British Isles to Senegal.
Scientific name: Sciaena umbra