Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Serraninae
Etymology: Paralabrax: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, labrax, -akos = a fish, Dicentrarchus labrax (Ref. 45335). More on author: Girard.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 183 m (Ref. 2850), usually ? - 30 m (Ref. 9324). Subtropical; 37°N - 15°N, 123°W - 99°W
Eastern Pacific: ranges from Santa Cruz in central California, USA to Magdalena Bay, Baja California. Also appears in front of Acapulco, Mexico (Ref. 9342).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 67.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 6.0 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 31 years (Ref. 56049)
Usually found on sand bottom among or near rocks from shallow areas to about 183 m depth, but usually at less than 30 m. Juvenile feed on benthic invertebrates (crabs, bivalves and mysids) and rarely fish; adults prey on fishes (especially Porichthys notatus) and also on crustaceans (Ref. 9342). Pelagic spawners (Ref. 56049). Important game fish (Ref. 9342).
Pelagic spawner (Ref. 56049).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 19.4 - 26, mean 22.3 (based on 16 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01047 (0.00530 - 0.02070), b=3.04 (2.88 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.54 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=3.5; tmax=31).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .