The Salema porgy (binomial name Sarpa salpa) is a species of Mediterranean sea bream of the family of Sparidae, recognisable by the golden stripes that run down the length of its body and can reach up to 40 cm in length.

It lives in the same areas as bogues as well as in shallow waters among sea weeds. It forms sizeable schools during its life both as ajuvenile as well as an adult fish.

It is herbivorous but can also feed on crustaceans and can reach more than six years of age. It is usually caught by fishermen mainly from October until December.

Salemas lay their eggs during spring and are characterized by protandric hermaphroditism.

They mature as males but when they reach 25cm (between 3-4 years old), sex change occurs and they turn into females.

Large salemas are very tasty and are caught with longliners at clean waters in the open sea. They can be savoured fried, grilled or even baked with tomatoes, garlic and onions.


Αρχείο My Kerkyra Magazine

ΓΚΙΝΗΣ, Σταμάτης (2018). “Σάλπα: sarpa salpa“, My Kerkyra Magazine: The Real Corfu, τευχ.20, σελ. 54-55

Text Editor: Stamatis Ginis, Biologist
Text Editor: Ada Kiriazi
Photography: Stamatis Ginis
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