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Red bass

  • Photo of a Red bass
    Adult red bass (Photo: JE Randall)
  • Photo of an adult red bass
    Adult red bass

The red bass is a no-take species. It is a known ciguatoxin carrier and must not be eaten.

Scientific name

Lutjanus bohar

  • dark red-brown upper body paling to reddish on sides and belly
  • fins dark red with almost black outer edges
  • different from mangrove jack in having a deep pit on snout between eye and nostril
Family name

Lutjanidae (tropical snappers and seaperches)

Family description
  • most tropical snappers and seaperches are easy to identify by their adult colouration
  • most have strong spinous dorsal fins and a more-or-less continuous dorsal fin which may be slightly notched between the spinous and soft parts
  • they are carnivores and typically feed at night
  • some species are known ciguatoxin carriers
  • mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) and large scale seaperch, or fingermark, (Lutjanus johnii) are not considered coral reef fish under the fishery plan
  • jobfishes are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Aphareus, Aprion, Etelis, Parapristipomoides and Pristipomoides
  • representative species have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limits
  • no-take species

Further information