Silver Bream – Blicca bjoerkna
Silver Bream (Blicca bjoerkna), are a European species of freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae.
Small silver bream are very similar in overall appearance to the immature ‘common’, or ‘bronze’ bream, Abramis brama, but can be distinguished by the larger scales. Counting the scale rows from the front of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and including the lateral line scale, is the most reliable first step in determining the species. Bronze bream have 13 scales or more, Silver bream 9-11. The lateral line scale count for silver bream is 44-49, while for bronze bream it is 49 and above, and more usually well above 50.
It is the smaller of our 2 Bream species and becoming increasingly rare as it often hybridises with Roach and Common Bream.
A shoal fish, it is happiest grazing the bottom for food items. It will surface feed however, and this is becoming much more common in the wild as well.