Blacktail Comber – Serranus atricauda

The Blacktail Comber is a species in the order of the Perciformes and thus belongs to the superclass of the bony fish.

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Blacktail Comber – Serranus atricauda


The Blacktail Comber has a brown to black background colour. Its head is decorated with bright blue patterns and on the body, above the side line, are a whitish-blue, horizontal and vertical stripes. On the fins there are numerous bright spots. His orange eyes are striking with a black pupil.

Serranus atricauda will reach a maximum length of 43cm.

Habitat and Distribution

One finds Serranus atricauda preferably over solid grounds, like rocky reefs, down to a depth of 150m.

When diving in the Canaries you can observe it frequently. It is also found on the European coast from the Gulf of Biscay, across the Azores and along the coast of West Africa. He also appears in the Mediterranean Sea, the coast of Morocco, Algeria and southern Spain.


Serranus atricauda is a hunter. It feeds on crustaceans, small fish and cephalopoda.
The reproduction of the Blacktail Comber is possible all year round. It reaches maturity at about 4 years. In addition, it is a hermaphrodite. That means they have a male and a female genitals.

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