Chrysoblephus laticeps

Roman seabream
Chrysoblephus laticeps
Chrysoblephus laticeps, Cape Town, South Africa, Photo: Graham Edgar
Chrysoblephus laticeps
Chrysoblephus laticeps, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Chrysoblephus laticeps
Chrysoblephus laticeps


Temperate Africa


High body with a slightly steep head profile and a large mouth. Red or orange with a large pale patch on for body, a smaller, vertically elongated white patch on mid body, a white patch on gill cover and a bright red oblique bar from eye to bottom of gill cover. Small bluish band connects the eyes. Red colour occasionally replaced with blue. Juveniles pale with a brown stripe extending forward from tail base, fading on body, a white patch below a brown patch on upper mid body and a blue line connecting eyes.


Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.9-24.1°C

Depth: 1-100m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Widespread (100% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (9 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields