About This Fish

Pikey Bream


The pikey bream (Acanthopagrus berda) is also known as black bream, bream, picnic seabream and Goldsilk seabream. It is a ray finned fish which belongs to the family Sparidae under Order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is found in Western Indian Ocean, South Africa, Mozambique, the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, India, Phuket and Penang Island and Langkawi Island of Malaysia near Singapore.



The pikey bream has a typical bream shape and deep body. It has usually an attractive grey color that is darker on the top and the underside while belly and chin are often light grey or white. It has a pointed snout and thick rubbery lips. The inside of its mouth is black. Dorsal fin is divided into spinous and soft parts. Spinous dorsal fin has 11-12 spines and soft part contains 10-12 rays while anal fin bears 3 spines and 8-9 soft rays. Second anal-fin spine is longer than third anal-fin spine. The caudal fin is moderately forked. Front edge of dorsal scaly area on head is slightly convex with small scales anteriorly. Pectoral fin is dusky with a yellow tinge. Spinous dorsal fin has dark edge and spine is often silvery. Soft dorsal, anal fin and pelvic fin are blackish in color while caudal fin is grey with darker and blackish shading. Edge of the operculum is dark. Lateral line is complete and slightly curved which runs through from operculum to the base of caudal fin. Margin of soft-rayed part of anal fin is convex and rounded. It feeds on invertebrates including worms, mollusks, crustaceans, echinoderms and small fish. It grows up to 90 cm in length and 4 kg in weight.


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