The body is relatively high and particularly compressed. The mouth is slightly protractile with large slightly slanted canine-like front teeth. White bream are grey with brownish nuances becoming greenish on the belly. They have a broad black band from the nape to the axil of the pectoral fin and a dark ring around the base of the tail fin.
White bream have two distinct reproduction periods: January to March in the eastern Mediterranean and March to June in the western Mediterranean. The species is gregarious when juvenile but becomes solitary in adulthood. Their diet consists of fish, crustaceans, worms and algae