Fact Sheets
Fish

Orbicular batfish

(Platax orbicularis)

This fish can be identified by its pale body with brown crossbars and a black blotch above the pelvic fin. Juveniles have long, exaggerated dorsal and anal fins.

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Potato bass

(Epinephelus tukula)

The potato bass is an elongate and very robust fish with a huge mouth and rounded tail. The overall colour is light brown with large, dark spots on its body which resemble potatoes. Smaller spots can be found on the head and fins.

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Robust jawfish

(Opistognathus muscatensis)

This fish has a black spot on the dorsal fin, between the third or fourth and eighth spines followed by two large, irregular, dark blotches that extend onto body, and a blackish streak on the cheek bordering upper edge of the mouth. Its colour is whitish, mottled with pale blue and olive green shades.

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Sardines

(Sardinops sagax)

Sardines are small silver fish that are also known as pilchards. They filter feed by straining tiny plants and animals (plankton) from the water. Short-lived and fast growing, they grow 0.60mm per day and reach 23cm in length within two years. They do not live longer than four years.

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Scalloped hammerhead

(Sphyrna lewini)

Its head is shaped with the eyes on the end of a “hammer” to give a wide range of vision, an advantage when chasing after fast-moving fish.

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