Saddled bream, Oblada melanura, caught off Madeira
A saddled bream, Oblada melanura, caught off the concrete harbour wall of Ribeira Brava on Madeira's south coast to the west of Madeira's capital, Funchal.
This fish was captured recreationally. I wasn't able to examine the teeth of this fish so I based identification on the number of lateral line scales.
The saddled bream has 64 to 67 lateral line scales to the caudal base whereas the annular bream, which also has a dark band on the caudal peduncle, has only 48 to 56 lateral line scales to the caudal base.
This fish has the required number of lateral line scales to be a saddled bream.
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