Inhabit coastal waters (Ref. 3573); sometimes in lagoons and estuaries (Ref. 59043). Herbivorous (Ref. 9987). Juveniles feed on zooplankton until about 3 cm SL, then on benthic organisms until 5 cm SL; adults feed on algae and vegetal detritus. (Ref. 59043). Reproduce in summer (Ref. 2804). Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive (Ref. 205). Utilized for roe, but also fresh, smoked and frozen (Ref. 9987).