||elongate body; big mouth provided with several
rows of teeth, and protruding jaw; opercula with two thorns; the lower edge
of the preoperculum has a few strong denticles; double dorsal fin with neatly
separate sections; cycloid scales; it looks silvery with a greenish-grey
back; operculum with dark spot.
||it tolerates also strong variations in salinity
||it lives on several kinds of bottoms and it
often enters lagoon areas.
||invertebrates and other fishes.
||it reproduces in the sea from January to March;
eggs are 1,1-1,2 millimeters long. When the eggs open the larvae are 3-4
millimeters long. The young move in groups between March and May towards
lagoon areas and they sometimes reach fresh water areas; they remain there
and grow up until they reach sexual maturity that is between the second
and third year of life.
|Status in the lagoon
||in the lagoon areas there are only few adult
individuals and a lot of juveniles which are the favourite prey of fingerlins
fishers ("pescenovellanti"). The bass is bred in the fish farms
both in intensive and extensive way.