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Lateolabrax japonicus  (Cuvier, 1828)

Japanese seabass
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Lateolabracidae (Asian seaperches)
Etymology: Lateolabrax: Greek, latos, a fish of the Nile + Greek, labrax, -akos = a fish (Dicentrarchus labrax) (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; reef-associated; catadromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 5 - ? m.   Subtropical; 44°N - 15°N, 106°E - 143°E

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 50 - ? cm
Max length : 102 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 16.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35840); max. published weight: 8.7 kg (Ref. 40637)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7 - 9

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Pacific: Japan to the South China Sea.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in moving water of inshore rocky reefs. Juveniles may ascend rivers and return to sea to spawn. Protandrous, sex change happens after maturation at age 2 (Ref. 36558). Spawning occurs during winter, in deeper rocky reefs or inshore areas. Predaceous, feeding on zooplankton at an early age and on small fish and shrimps as adults (Ref. 12497). Utilized as a food fish (Ref. 559). Family placement uncertain (Ref. 1830). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166).

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Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley, 1989. Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial; gamefish: yes
FAO(Aquaculture: production; fisheries: production; publication : search) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02291 (0.01180 - 0.04448), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.43 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.14-0.2; tm=2; Fec=1,726,242).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.