Sea Bass, common name for about 370 species of perch-like fishes abounding in all warm seas
and in some fresh waters. Sea bass have oblong, laterally compressed bodies and scales with comb-like or saw-like margins. Sea bass are powerful swimmers and leapers, are generally regarded as excellent food fishes, and are popular with anglers. The European sea bass is common along coasts from the Mediterranean to the British Isles. It has a greeny-grey back and silver sides and belly. It has been known to grow to 1 m (3 ft) in length, although 60 cm (24 in) is more common, and it weighs up to 9 kg (20 lb). Like other sea bass, it is found in the brackish waters of estuaries. They lay their eggs near the surface of sea, brackish, or fresh water. See Bass.
Scientific classification: Sea bass belong to the families Serranidae and Percichthyidae of the order Perciformes. The European sea bass is classified as Dicentrarchus labrax.