Sea Bass

Acanthistius brasilianus

A member of the Serranidae family, the Brazilian Sea Bass is related to Groupers and can be found in the Southwest Atlantic: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. It is up to 60cm long and is commercially fished. The mouth is large and slightly protractile, with well-developed fleshy upper lips. The lower jaw extends anterior to upper jaw. A brownish colour, with 3-4 dark bands on the lateral side of body, there are small irregular shaped dark spots on the body and dorsal and anal fins. The diet consists mainly of crustaceans (crabs) and moluscs (bivalves and small cephalopods) and smaller bony fish.