Their body has black and grey vertical bands, though the bands fade as the fish ages. They can grow up to 18 inches (45 cm), but the average length is 10 inches (25 cm.) They can live up to 18 years, and weigh up to 2 kg (4 ½ pounds.)
They eat mussels, seaweed and sponges. Most white seabream will change sex several times during their lifetimes, though some always stay female.
They are currently (2006) being farmed as well as being fished for.
Mediterranean White Seabream is Diplodus sargus sargus; Moroccan White Seabream is Diplodus sargus cadenati; Cape White Seabream is Diplodus sargus capensis.