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All information on thedamsel fishand damsel pavonina. How to catch them, where to observe them and how to cook them. Advice for those who want to add the damsel to the Mediterranean aquarium.
There are many fish commonly known asdamsels, in our waters the most common are thedamselcommon (Coris julis) and thedamsel pavonina(Thalassoma pavo), both fish belong to the Labridae family. On this page I will try to give you information on bothfishesknown asdamsel.
Is the damsel edible?
Yes, I'll tell you right away that the damsel is an edible fish even if little appreciated because it does not have valuable meats. Just think that many fishermen who find themselves pulling up the damsel often throw it back into the sea to dedicate themselves to fishing for more valuable species.
A recipe for cooking the damsel?
Aim for any recipe that can enhance the flavor of its meat, that is to say a red or white fish soup, where the damsel is combined with molluscs and other meaty fish. In Southern Italy it is also used to prepare fried fish.
Donzella: coris julis fish
The species has sexual dimorphism even if in the early stages of development, all the individuals are females, the male sex matures only as adults (it is a protogynous hermaphrodite species).
Females are generally smaller, have a brown or red-brown back and a white belly with a yellow band on the flanks. The larger male has a more brightly colored body (the back can be green, blue, reddish…).
Where to find it?
Theresea damselit is easy to see on the seabed with Posidonia oceanica prairie and on rocky bottoms of different depths.
This fish reaches a size of 25 cm. It is appreciated by aquarists who intend to set up a Mediterranean aquarium for the bright and very bright colors of the male specimens.
Donzella pavonina: Thalassoma pavo
For its colors, thisfishit is highly appreciated for anyone who wants to set up aMediterranean aquarium. Its body is elongated and compressed, the head is oval and has large lips with which it feeds on molluscs and crustaceans. It is a thermophilic species that reproduces between June and July.
Once captured and moved into captivity, in theMediterranean marine aquariumit is difficult to feed because it goes through a long phase of adaptation during which it does not accept dehydrated foods.
Also in this case there is sexual dimorphism and we are faced with a protogynous hermaphrodite species: all individuals are born as females and only in the adult form can they develop the male reproductive system.
The females are greenish-brown with a dark vertical line on each scale, the head is streaked with blue. The male has a dark red head streaked with blue with fins streaked with black, red and blue.
For its colors it is a very popular fish.
Where to find it?
Just like thedamsel fishcommon, it is found on the seabed of Posidonia oceanica and on rocky bottoms.
Can the Pavonina damsel be eaten? Yes, this is also edible. The meats, even in this case, are not very valuable. In fact, the meats are decentdamsel fishthey are not appreciated also for another peculiarity: they have many bones.
This fish reaches a maximum length of 20 cm but is more showy than the common damsel because it has a wider body as well as much more colorful.
How to fish for the damsel
Theredamselcommon bites easily to the lines because it is a very voracious fish.
There damsel pavonina it is not easy to fish with a line (fishing rod) as, not only is it less voracious but generally it gnaws the bait without biting the needle.
Both fish (damselisdamsel pavonina) Yes they canto fishwith pots or trammel nets.
Keepnet fishing is recommended in spring and summer, on bright days and when the bottom is not cloudy.
The common damsel has the particularity of silting up, something that anyone who wants to set up a Mediterranean aquarium with this fish must know because, with this practice, it tends to move the sandy bottom and numb the water: to prevent this from happening it is advisable to grant the animal many holes and crevices to take refuge.
The pot, loaded with special baits (crabs, mussels, chopped sea urchins) must remain on the bottom for 10 - 15 minutes, no longer because as soon as it is full, thedamselhe will begin to quit and will do anything to get out. Calmer is the temperament of thedamsel pavoninawhich was found to be aggressive and territorial only if placed in captivity with specimens of the same species.