About This Fish

Coral Perch

The coral perch (Helicolenus barathri) is also known as coral cod, ocean perch, big eye ocean perch, Bigeye Sea Perch, Red Gurnard Perch, Red Perch, Red Rock, and Perch etc. It is a ray finned fish which belongs to family Sebastidae under Order Scorpaeniformes of class Actinopterygii. It occurs in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is found from off southern New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Great Australian Bight off South Australia. The Bigeye Ocean Perch is a demersal species that lives on flat, hard seabeds in upper continental slope waters at depths between 250 meters and 800 meters.

The Bigeye Ocean Perch has a large mouth with large eyes. It is overall pinkish-red in color with poorly defined brown bars on the body and greenish flecks on the scales. It has a long-based dorsal fin which is divided into spiny and soft parts. Spiny part has 12 spines while soft part contains 11-12 soft rays. Anal fin has 3 spines with 5 soft rays. Pectoral fin is well developed and pelvic fin contains 1 spine and 5 soft rays. Venom gland present in dorsal, anal and pelvic fin spines. It feeds on small fish, squids and shrimps. It’s preferable temperature and salinity ranges from 5.5-25.50 C and 34-36 ppt. respectively. The species grows to at least 40 cm in length.

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