Taxonomy, identification and biology of Seabass (Lates calcarifer)

Mathew, Grace (2009) Taxonomy, identification and biology of Seabass (Lates calcarifer). In: Course manual: National training on cage culture of seabass. Imelda, Joseph and Joseph, V Edwin and Susmitha, V,(eds.) CMFRI & NFDB, Kochi, pp. 38-43.



Lates calcarifer (Bloch), commonly known as giant sea perch or Asian seabass, is an economically important food fish in the tropical and subtropical regions in the Asia –Pacific. They are medium to large-sized bottom-living fishes occurring in coastal seas, estuaries and lagoons in depths between 10 and 50m. They are highly esteemed food and sport fishes taken mainly by artisanal fishermen. Because of its relatively high market value, it has become an attractive commodity of both large to small-scale aquaculture enterprises. It is important as a commercial and subsistence food fish but also is a game fish. The most important commercial fish of Australia, and the most sought after game fish, generates millions of dollars per year in revenue for the sport fishing. Lates calcarifer, known as seabass in Asia and barramundi in Australia, is a euryhaline member of the family Centropomidae that is widely distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region from the Arabian Gulf to China, Taiwan Province of China, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia. Aquaculture of this species commenced in the 1970s in Thailand, and rapidly spread throughout much of Southeast Asia.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Taxonomy; identification; biology; Seabass; Lates calcarifer
Subjects:Aquaculture > Seabass
Fish and Fisheries > Fish Taxonomy
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Mariculture
ID Code:6062
Deposited By:Geetha P Mrs
Deposited On:08 Nov 2010 09:54
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