Teleostei (teleosts) > Centrarchiformes
(Basses) > Latridae
Etymology: Morwong: Name derived from an aboriginal word for fish (Ref. 120445).
More on authors: McCulloch & Waite.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 250 m. Subtropical
Southwest Pacific: Australia, including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and New Zealand, including Kermadec Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2272)
Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Feeds on small invertebrates that are sifted then sucked up from sediment.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paulin, C., A. Stewart, C. Roberts and P. McMillan, 1989. New Zealand fish: a complete guide. National Museum of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series No. 19. 279 p. (Ref. 5755)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 13.8 - 20.3, mean 16.6 °C (based on 39 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01175 (0.00560 - 0.02463), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 119 [69, 222] mg/100g; Iron = 1.19 [0.78, 1.95] mg/100g; Protein = 18.9 [17.1, 20.6] %; Omega3 = 0.451 [0.302, 0.684] g/100g; Selenium = 27 [14, 49] μg/100g; VitaminA = 18.7 [6.9, 48.7] μg/100g; Zinc = 0.914 [0.664, 1.279] mg/100g (wet weight);