- Longitudinal scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
- Vomerine tooth patch lacking posterior extension
- Preopercular notch indistinct
- Nostrils set in a prominent groove
Dark brownish red, most fish with dark-edged fins.
Up to 75 cm TL.
Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral reefs, sheltered lagoons and outer reefs, from 5 to at least 150 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fish, but also on crustaceans, cephalopods and other molluscs. Red bass are usually solitary, but are occasionally found in groups. A slow growing species, in waters of Papua New Guinea first maturity of females was observed at 37 cm FL, with most females mature at 45.0 cm FL.1 On the Great Barrier Reef, females were found to mature at a much later age and larger size than males, with 50% of individuals reaching maturity at 42.8 cm, and 30.0 cm for females and males, respectively. This corresponds to 9.39 years and 1.46 years for females and males, respectively.2 Spawning has been observed to occur in most months of the year.2 Red bass are a long lived species, however maximum age estimates vary from 38 to 55 years.2 The variation in age estimates thought to be due to sampling at different depth ranges, suggesting older bass occur at greater depths.2
Caught mainly with handlines and bottom longlines.
- 1.Wright A, Dalzell P, Richards A. Some aspects of the biology of the red bass, Lutjanus bohar (Forsskal), from the Tigak Islands, Papua New Guinea. Journal of fish biology [Internet]. 1986;28(5):533–44. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.1986.tb05191.x
- 2.Marriott R, Mapstone B, Begg G. Age-specific demographic parameters, and their implications for management of the red bass, Lutjanus bohar (Forsskal 1775): a large, long-lived reef fish. Fisheries Research [Internet]. 2007;83(2–3):204–15. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2006.09.016