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Species guide

Corb

Scientific name: Umbrina cirrosa

DESCRIPTION:
The corb has a long body, flat on the side. Its face is round and it has a small barb on the end of its lower jaw. Its back and sides are silver, as is the lower surface of the fish. Its fins have a golden tone and the rear edge of the operculum is black.

Its maximum size is 1 m.

BIOLOGY:

These are solitary animals and sometimes go in small groups.

They feed on molluscs, worms and crustaceans and are therefore carnivores.

Its reproduction is oviparous, and hatching occurs in June.

HABITAT:

It lives at depths of up to 100 m in rocky areas. The young fish may also be found in estuaries.

DISTRIBUTION:

It is in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, in the eastern Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay to Senegal and in the Red Sea.

STATUS:

Species not evaluated (according to the red list of threatened species).

CURIOSITIES:

It frequently emits a sound like snoring, which it probably produces when it passes the air from one chamber to another of the swimming bladder.