Eastern Atlantic: Norway to Angola, including the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, and the Sao Tome-Principe Islands.
Common from Bay of Biscay to Gibraltar.
Also found in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Found on the shelf or coastal pelagic on various bottoms (sand, mud, rocks and seaweeds). Gregarious, ascending to the surface mainly at night. Omnivorous, feeding mainly on crustaceans, also planktophagous. Hermaphroditic, generally protogynous. Also caught in pelagic trawls. Utilized fresh and frozen; consumed pan-fried, broiled and baked.
Fisheries: highly commercial; gamefish: yes; bait: usually
Boops canariensis Valenciennes, 1839
Box boops (Linnaeus, 1758)
Box canariensis (Valenciennes, 1839)
Box vulgaris Valenciennes, 1830
Sparus boops Linnaeus, 1758
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Sparidae (Family) > Boops (Genus) > Boops boops (Species)