Plectorhinchus mediterraneus (Guichenot, 1850)
Rubberlip grunt
Plectorhinchus mediterraneus
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Haemulidae (Grunts), subfamily: Plectorhinchinae
Max. size:  80 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 7,920.0 g
Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 180 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Spain and Portugal to Henties Bay, Namibia (Ref. 11228). Also from the western Mediterranean Sea (Ref. 231) and the Canary Islands (Ref. 5535). Records in eastern Mediterranean are questionable (Ref. 57855, Ref. 113897).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-20. Grey violet color, abdomen light (Ref. 5377).
Biology:  Inhabits sandy and muddy bottoms. Feeds on zoobenthos and zooplankton (Ref. 5535). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 5535.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 19 October 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 14.11.01

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