The Striped Sea Perch varies in colour from red to golden brown, and has tones of pink and carries ten or more narrow yellow stripes along the entire length of the fish, lengthwise.
The fins are bright yellow with a tinge of orange.
Striped Sea Perch can be found on the coral reefs of North Queensland and along the top end of Australia. They are very common where we fish on Norseman. Most members of the Sea Perch family have firm white flesh as well as a delicate flavour. It is for these reasons that Striped Sea Perch are a very common menu item in a lot of our local restaurants. They are commonly served whole as they do not reach very large sizes, growing to a maximum of 40cm and not usually weighing more than a kilo.
Despite their smaller size, Striped Sea Perch are active predators that use ambush tactics to prey on smaller fish and crustaceans. Even so, they are certainly high on the agro scale on a pound for pound basis.
They are related to Mangrove Jack and Fingermark who are also members of the Lutjanus family of fish. Striped Sea Perch possess an array of sharp needle-like canine teeth at the front of the mouth, adapted to seize and hold their prey. Once a Striped Sea Perch has a hold of a bait, its not going to let go!
Striped Sea Perch are most commonly found around shallow reefs throughout the tropics. They are most numerous over the reef flats and edges of the Great Barrier Reef where they thrive, prowling around hunting prey near coral outcrops and overhangs, sometimes in schools of upwards of 20 to 30 fish.