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Predatory Basses of the Paralabrax

Bob Fenner

Paralabrax nebulifer

Species/Notes of Interest to Aquarists:

The nine species of this genus are mostly food and game predators, and almost all temperate rather than tropical in temperature preference.

Paralabrax auroguttatus Walford 1936, the Goldspotted Sand Bass. Eastern Pacific, the two Californias and Sea of Cortez. To twenty eight inches overall length. This juvenile in Bahia de Los Angeles is four inches.

Paralabrax clathratus (Girard 1854), the Kelp Bass. Eastern Pacific, from Baja, Mexico to the state of Washington. To twenty nine inches long. Aquarium specimen. 

Paralabrax maculatofasciatus Steindachner 1868, the Spotted Sand Bass. Eastern central Pacific, the two Californias and Sea of Cortez. To twenty four inches maximum length. This one in Bahia de Los Angeles about midway up the Mar de Cortez.

Paralabrax nebulifer (Girard 1854), the Barred Sand Bass. Eastern Pacific, California (USA) to Acapulco. To twenty seven inches in length. One off of cool San Diego, California is about a foot in length, another in the SIO aquarium.

Bibliography/Further Reading:

Thomson, Donald A., Lloyd T. Findley & Alex N. Kerstitch.1979. Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez. John Wiley & Sons, New York. 302pp.



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