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 (spăr′ĭd, spâr′-)
Any of various fishes of the family Sparidae, which includes the porgies and the sea breams.

[From New Latin Sparidae, family name, from Sparus, type genus, from Latin, a kind of fish, from Greek sparos.]

spar′id adj.


(ˈspærɪd) or


(Animals) any marine percoid fish of the chiefly tropical and subtropical family Sparidae, having a deep compressed body and well-developed teeth: includes the sea breams and porgies
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Sparidae
[C20: from New Latin Sparidae, from Latin sparus a sea bream, from Greek sparos]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sparid - spiny-finned food fishes of warm waters having well-developed teeth
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
family Sparidae, Sparidae - porgies; scups
Archosargus probatocephalus, sheepshead - large (up to 20 lbs) food fish of the eastern coast of the United States and Mexico
Lagodon rhomboides, pinfish, sailor's-choice, squirrelfish - similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States
Chrysophrys auratus, snapper - Australian food fish having a pinkish body with blue spots
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Systematics and variation in the sparid fish Archosargus probatocephalus.
In conclusion, this study updates the length-weight relation and growth parameters of a commercially important sparid Boops boops [26] collected from Oran North western of Algeria coast.
Characterization of a-amylase activity in five species of Mediterranean sparid fishes (Sparidae, Teleostei).
Harmelin JG, Leboulleux V (1995) Microhabitat requirements for settlement of juvenile sparid fishes on Mediterranean rocky shores.
sparid fishes, batrachosauroid urodeles, sebecosuchian-like crocodilians, and enantiornithine birds (see Le Loeuff, 1991; Buffetaut et al.
A similar pattern of niche complementarity involving diet and habitat was found in a study of sparid fishes inhabiting rocky habitats of the Mediterranean coast (Sala & Ballesteros 1997).
Ontogenetic patterns in diet and feeding morphology in sympatric sparid fishes from seagrass meadows.
Cortisol and glucose responses after acute stress by net handling in the sparid red porgy previously subjected to crowding stress.
The photo shows a sparid fish caught by a coelenterate and about to be ingested.
holbrooki appears to have similar habits to the other common sparid in our area, Logodon rhomboides, which despite its primarily herbivorous adult diet, feeds actively on small crustaceans in preference to algae when these animals are available (Holmlund et al.