Rhabdosargus sarba (Forsskål, 1775)
Goldlined seabream
Rhabdosargus sarba
photo by Banks, I.

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 12 kg
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 60 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Japan, China, and Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Bright yellow mark above the pelvic base.
Biology:  Inhabit coastal waters (Ref. 30573, 44894), usually entering estuaries (Ref. 44894). Abundant in shallow water and often caught at the surf-line or in rock pools (Ref. 9987). Larger, solitary fish sometimes enter brackish mangrove areas (Ref. 9987). Juveniles in estuaries move into deeper water with growth (Ref. 4335). Often in schools (Ref. 9710). Feed on benthic invertebrates, mainly mollusks (Ref. 5213) and aquatic macrophytes (Ref. 26055). Popular angling species commonly captured with hook and line (Ref. 44894). Marketed fresh (Ref. 5284).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 December 2009 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Also Ref. 1724.

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