Grey Seabream, Gymnocranius griseus (Temminck & Schlegel 1843)

Other Names: Barred Large-eye Bream, Grey Emperor, Grey Large-eye Bream, Naked-head Seabream, Naked-headed Large Eyed Bream, Naked-headed Large-eyed Bream, Naked-headed Sea Bream

Illustration of a juvenile and adult Grey Seabream, Gymnocranius griseus. Source: FAO / Fishbase. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A silvery seabream with 5 to 8 narrow dark bars on sides, the first through the eye and across the cheek, and a narrow brown bar often through the pectoral-fin base. Size: maximum length about 35 cm. 
Video of a Grey Seabream (aka Nakedhead large-eye bream) in an aquarium.

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Grey Seabream, Gymnocranius griseus (Temminck & Schlegel 1843)

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Found in the East-Indo-West Pacific. Taken mostly in bottom trawls.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin X, 10; Anal fin III, 10; Pectoral fin 14; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line scales 46-48.
Body oblong, compressed, relatively deep, 1.9-2.2 in SL, snout pointed; cheek with 4 transverse scale rows; inner surface of pectoral fin axil naked; outer surface of maxilla smooth, canine and villiform teeth present on sides of jaws. Lower margin of orbit positioned above horizontal line from snout tip to middle of caudal fin; caudal fin moderately forked, tips pointed, median rays slightly longer than eye diameter. 


Dianne J. Bray

Grey Seabream, Gymnocranius griseus (Temminck & Schlegel 1843)


Sato, T. 1986. A systematic review of the sparoid fishes of the subfamily Monotaxinae, p. 602–612, in T. Uyeno, R. Arai, T. Taniuchi, K. Matsuura (eds)Indo-Pacific fish biology: proceedings of the second international conference on Indo-Pacific fishes. Ichthyological Society of Japan, Tokyo.

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CAAB Code:37351003

Depth:20-80 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:35 cm

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