Psammoperca waigiensis (Cuvier, 1828)
Waigieu seaperch
Matang pusa,  Waigeu perch,  Apahap,  Bulgan,  Burgan,  Dayang,  Kalamog,  Katuyot,  Kulapu,  Kurapu,  Mangagat,  Mata kuting,  Poyo,  Salungsong,  Sand bass
Psammoperca waigiensis
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Latidae (Lates perches)
Max. size:  47 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 12 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Bay of Bengal, Indo-Australian Archipelago and northern Australia to the Philippines, China Sea and Japan (Ref. 2334). Found in the Mekong delta (Ref. 12693).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-9. One large flat spine at rear angle of preoperculum. Color varies from light silvery gray to dark brown; eyes reddish. Lateral line extends onto caudal fin. Description: Characterized by having 23-24 predorsal scales; depth of body 2.6-3.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits rocky or coral reefs, frequently in weedy areas, usually in holes and crevices by day. Enters estuaries (Ref. 4833). Forages on fishes and crustaceans at night (Ref. 9710). Mainly marketed fresh. In Hong Kong sold live in fish markets (Ref. 27253).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from Calamianes Islands, northern Palawan (Ref. 48613) and Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Ref. 58652). Inland record Mindanao (Ref. 94476). Also Ref. 393.

Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 13.08.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 07.03.13
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 22.09.95

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