Symphodus melops 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Symphodus melops (Linnaeus, 1758)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Corkwing Wrasse, Corkwing, Gilt-head
French Crénilabre mélops
Spanish Bello, Porredana, Porredano
Crenilabrus gibbus (Gmelin, 1789)
Crenilabrus melops (Linnaeus, 1758)
Labrus cornubius Gmelin, 1789
Labrus gibbosus Bonnaterre, 1788
Labrus gibbus Gmelin, 1789
Labrus goldsinny Bonnaterre, 1788
Labrus melops Linnaeus, 1758
Labrus reticulatus Bonnaterre, 1788
Labrus rone Ascanius, 1772
Labrus tesselatus Bloch, 1792
Labrus venosus Gmelin, 1789
Lutjanus melops (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lutjanus norvegicus Bloch, 1797
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2014. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 27 August 2014. Available at: (Accessed: 27 August 2014).
Taxonomic Notes: This species has in the past been misidentified as Symphodus tinca and Symphodus roissali (D. Pollard pers. comm.. 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-10-15
Assessor(s): Pollard, D.
Reviewer(s): Sadovy, Y. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is widespread off the Atlantic coastlines of western Europe, and present throughout much of the Mediterranean Sea. There are no known major threats to this species, and though there is little specific population information available, overall its populations are thought to be stable. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:In the Eastern Atlantic, this species is present from southern Norway to northern Morocco, including much of the Baltic Sea, and around the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Azores Islands. In the Mediterranean Sea, it is present in the western and north-eastern Mediterranean basins, the Levantine Sea and the Adriatic Sea.
Countries occurrence:
Albania; Algeria; Belgium; Croatia; Cyprus; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Guernsey; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jersey; Latvia; Lebanon; Lithuania; Malta; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Russian Federation; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey; United Kingdom
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – northeast; Atlantic – eastern central; Mediterranean and Black Sea
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
Upper depth limit (metres):1
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Population [top]

Population:There is very little population information available for this species. It is primarily a colder-water Eastern Atlantic species, and therefore is more common in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea. Its abundance varies throughout the remainder of the Mediterranean Sea (D. Pollard pers. comm. 2008).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This schooling, territorial fish occurs around rocks, rocky reefs and seagrass beds, and also in coastal lagoon habitats. It feeds on molluscs, hydroids, bryozoans, worms and crustaceans (Quignard and Pras 1986).

There is a clear sexual dimorphism, and this species is probably a protogynous hermaphrodite. The male constructs a nest of seaweed amongst rocks or in rock crevices, in which the adhesive eggs are laid (Golani et al. 2006).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is sometimes caught as bycatch in local fisheries and sold for food.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species, although it is sometimes caught as bycatch in local fisheries and sold for food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. Its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range.

Citation: Pollard, D. 2010. Symphodus melops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187748A8619852. . Downloaded on 27 May 2018.
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