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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.
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(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]
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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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Complete mitochondrial DNA sequence of the yellowfin seabream Acanthopagrus latus and a genomic comparison among closely related sparid species.
Sabella spallanzanii is often used as bait to capture sparid finfish in its native Italy, and it is also fed to leatherjackets in aquaria (NIMPIS 2017).
Microhabitat requirements for settlement of juvenile sparid fishes on Mediterranean rocky shores.
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.
[8.] Harmelin JG, Leboulleux V (1995) Microhabitat requirements for settlement of juvenile sparid fishes on Mediterranean rocky shores.
Effects of salinity on digestive protease activity in the euryhaline sparid Sparus aurata L.: a preliminary study.
A number of taxa that have been recorded in other Ibero-Armorican sites are apparently absent in Lano, i.e., sparid fishes, batrachosauroid urodeles, sebecosuchian-like crocodilians, and enantiornithine birds (see Le Loeuff, 1991; Buffetaut et al., 1997; Pereda Suberbiola, 2009; Csiki et al., 2015).
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.