It is a fish with an oval-shaped body, flat on its sides. It is different from the common bream, because it has a pointed face, a mouth with a long beak, and thin lips. The colour is silvery grey with yellowish reflections, the belly is whitish.
It is found in coastal waters or on sandy and rocky bottoms normally in depths between 0 and 60 m. It feeds on algae, worms, molluscs and prawns.
It can reach 60 cm in length.
Its spawning season ranges from late September to late November.
It is captured with different gear: Dragnet, fixed gillnets, trammel and longline.
A white fish, its meat is tender and highly appreciated.