Local common name:
Deepsea Sea Bass, Hai kim bak lor(Sea KBL)[hokkien]
25.7 cm(below fish) [max to 47 cm]
Rocky, coral reefs, weedy areas, holes & crevices by day. Enters esturies. Feeds on fishes & crustaceans.
Tastes much better than those farmed barramundi.
Identical to the "barramundi[lates calcarifer ] in shape esp those juveniles. Look up for the difference in the mouth area - upp jaw do not reach beyond eye whereas barra's jaws goes beyond the eyes: Lower edge of preopercle smooth whereas barra's is serrated. Body color varies from light silvery gray to brown. There's a brown stripe at the upp jaw to the preopercle. It's a much smaller species.
This 2 fish was caught, somewhere east of Sg during "My 2nd Offshore trip" on 5/10/02
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