15 Fin-tastic Facts About The Bogue For Kids

Bogue fish facts to keep you engaged

Bogue, a seabream species, is scientifically known as Boops boops and with various other names in different languages. It is found in various saltwater bodies such as the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and East Atlantic Ocean and in various water bodies until 328 ft (100 m) underwater. A bogue is described as a coastal pelagic fish. Sex determination for a bogue is an extremely difficult and challenging task. They natively belong to the Atlantic region, the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It feeds over the surface of water bodies during the nighttime in school rather than during the day. It has a silvery and golden appearance, with large bugged eyes and a not-so-pleasing appearance.

The name 'Boops' has a Greek origin which means 'cow eye'. It was scientifically assigned to bogue due to the similar appearance of the large bugged eye of bogue to that of a cow.

If the uniqueness of bogue makes you interested to read more about similar species, you can read about these ladyfish facts and Nile perch facts.


Fact File

What do they prey on?

Crustacean, Porifera, Coelenterate, Seagrasses, Mollusca, Protozoa

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

1 lb (0.4 kg)

How long are they?

4-8 in (10-20 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

Silvery or golden

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Humans and major predators such as sharks

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Inshore saltwater bodies


Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea





Scientific Name

Boops boops





Bogue Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a bogue?

A bogue is a ray-finned fish found in saltwater up to the depth of 328 ft (100 m).

What class of animal does a bogue belong to?

Bogue, a type of sea bream, belongs to the category of amphibians.

How many bogues are there in the world?

Boops boops is found in two different species and belong to the class of Actinopterygii. There are no records officially stating the number of bogue sound fish species, but there are more than 160 families including 10,000 species of the class Actinopterygii recorded all over the world.

Where does a bogue live?

According to records regarding bogue fish behavior, they are said to be found in the Mediterranean, the Black, and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. They are spread around the globe in various rivers and are known by various names like boga in the countries of Spain, Portugal, and Italy, and bops in Poland.

What is a bogue's habitat?

The bogue fish habitat is natively said to be saltwater fish. They are found up to the depth of 328 ft (100 m), and rarely up to 1148 ft (350 m). They prefer rocky bottoms and coastal water bodies, though they can adapt to varying environmental conditions. They are found in all aquatic environments.

Who does bogue live with?

A bogue prefers to live in shoals. It is an active predator and is best kept with small fish. It is better not to keep boga with any parasites are they are host to a variety of the parasites. They are seen in a school when they rise above the surface during the night.

How long does a bogue live?

There is no census found recording the life span of bogue. Since its population trend is stable, it is assumed that a bogue lives for quite a considerable time period.

How do they reproduce?

There are many conflicting opinions regarding the reproductive methods of bogue. They have sexual reproduction. They are both oviparous and iteroparous2, they lay eggs, as well as, give birth to their offspring. Bogue are protogynous hermaphrodites naturally, they are born females and at some point of their lifespan, they transform into a male. They reproduce in different seasons according to the location, like bogue in the eastern Mediterranean reproduces in February to April, while bogue in the western Mediterranean in April to May.

What is their conservation status?

Boops boops are titled with the status of Least Concern under the IUCN Red List of Threatened species as their population trend is recorded as stable and is growing in considerable number.

Bogue Fun Facts

What does bogue look like?

A bogue is a spindle-shaped fish; it presents a fusiform structure. It has large bug-sized eyes that are disproportional in accordance with the size of its head. The mouth of a bogue is small with lips that are very thin. It has a blue-greenish back body color with a silvery or golden scaled body.

Bogue is a silvery sea bream resembling cow's eye

How cute are they?

A bogue is not considered to be cute in regard to its weird appearance, having a disproportionate eye in accordance to its face. Though some people may find it cute or attractive in regard to its silvery or golden shinning scaly and bony body.

How do they communicate?

There is no information available reflecting the communication style of the bogue. According to studies, fish, in general, communicate via gestures and motions. It is also noted that some fish communicate via electric impulses while others have the ability to make sounds such as the spotted catfish. But if a bogue communicates, it is still a mystery in regard to how do they communicate.

How big is a bogue?

Bogue is a medium-sized fish, with around 4-8 in (10-20 cm) which is much bigger than the size of a flagfish.

How fast can a bogue swim?

The records referring to a bogue lack appropriate information regarding the bogue's swimming pattern or style.

How much does a bogue weigh?

The bogue is not a very heavy fish considering the bogue fish size. It weighs around 1 lb (0.4 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Since bogue is a protogynous hermaphrodite, the sex difference between the fish is a challenging task. There are no different names assigned to the respective sex of the species and are known with different names throughout the globe in general.

What would you call a baby bogue?

A baby bogue is called the same name as the older bogue. There is no name found to refer to a young bogue.

What do they eat?

A bogue is an active predator. It prefers to feed on seaweed, crustaceans, zooplanktons such as moon jellyfish. Being omnivorous, it is studied to consume a variety of food items and variation in feeding patterns in accordance to its location. A bogue is known to feed in schools during the nighttime rather than day.

Are they poisonous?

A bogue being poisonous is a conundrum as nothing is yet officially researched and stated in any of the documentaries recorded regarding a boga.

Would they make a good pet?

A bogue is harmless to humans but is not an ideal pet like an angelfish. The trend of the commercial sales of boga or bogue records that they are more in demand as a meal rather than as a pet.

Did you know...

The bogue is known to feed on a variety of species in school during the nighttime. It is also a host to various parasites.

A bogue is called out with various names depending on its location. In Arabic, it is called bokka, hamreda, moza, while known as boga in Catalan, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. With different names in various languages, every name still refers to the bogue's large bugged eyes.

It was once assigned with the scientific name of Sarpa sarla, which was then changed to Boops boops, reflecting its looks.

Do humans eat them?

Humans eat pan-fried, broiled, or baked bogue as it tastes good. The edible portion of Boops boops is measured to have 87 calories per 3.5 oz (100 g) of raw bogue. It is also highly nutritious with 87% protein, 12% fats, and 4% carbohydrates. Though, it is also said that boops should not be preferably consumed as it has some interactions with drugs. It is advised to consult a doctor before consuming boga.

Do they bite?

There are no records found in regards to bogue biting any human as they are also tagged 'harmless'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these herring facts and lumpfish facts pages.

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