Acanthopagrus latus, Yellowfin seabream : aquaculture

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Acanthopagrus latus (Houttuyn, 1782)

Yellowfin seabream
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Teleostei (teleosts) > Eupercaria/misc (Various families in series Eupercaria) > Sparidae (Porgies)
Etymology: Acanthopagrus: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, pagros, a kind of fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal. Subtropical; 34°N - 15°N, 105°E - 137°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Northwest Pacific: limited to the east Asia Shelf, recorded only from the coasts of Honshu (including Seto Inland Sea), Shikoku and Kyushu Is., Japan (not Ryukyu and Ogasawara Is. or Sea of Japan), southern Korea, Taiwan, China (from around Shanghai to southern China) and northern Vietnam (south to Hué). Previous reports from other areas of the Indo-Pacific are misidentifications of species within the A. latus species complex.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 24.4  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 108874); max. published weight: 1.5 kg (Ref. 40637)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 8-9; Vertebrae: 24. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characteristics: generally deep body in young specimens, becoming slender in larger adults, 2.14-2.70 (mean 2.42) times in SL: D usually XI,11 (very rarely XI,10); scale rows between fifth dorsal-fin spine and lateral line 3.5-4.5 (3.5 often observed in northwestern Kyushu Island and Seto Inland Sea, Japan, southern Korea and Vietnam, and in pre c. 1980 specimens in China, Taiwan and Japan; pers. obs.); scale rows above lateral line 4.5-5.5, scale rows below 10.5-12.5; second anal-fin spine longer than third anal-fin spine [14.6-24.8% (mean 20.6%) of SL], 1.19-1.58 (mean 1.40) in 2AS and 3AS; pored lateral-line scales 44-47 (mean 45.2); the first soft dorsal-fin ray slightly longer than last dorsal-fin spine; color of pelvic, anal and caudal fins mostly whitish yellow to strong vivid yellow, except contrasting lower yellow margin on caudal fin; black streaks near anal-fin base on inter-radial membranes between yellow anal-fin rays, even in preserved specimens; no black blotches on inter-radial membranes between dorsal-fin rays; a weak diffuse dark blotch at origin of lateral line (usually covering region of first pored lateral-line scale) continuing as relatively dense blackish shading on upper part of posterior opercle (Ref. 93743).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species inhabits warm shallow and coastal waters, often entering river mouths and estuaries (Ref. 93743). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166). It is parasitised by the monogenean Anoplodiscus australis on the fins and body surface (Ref. 124057).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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Iwatsuki, Y., 2013. Review of the Acanthopagrus latus complex (Perciformes: Sparidae) with descriptions of three new species from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. J. Fish Biol. 83(1):64-95. (Ref. 93743)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 130435)

  Data deficient (DD) ; Date assessed: 03 December 2009


Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

Aquaculture: commercial
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Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201): 21.7 - 28.5, mean 27.4 °C (based on 644 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01622 (0.01304 - 0.02018), b=2.96 (2.92 - 3.00), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.43 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.21; Fec=1,811,434).
Prior r = 0.53, 95% CL = 0.35 - 0.79, Based on 1 stock assessment.
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100).
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649):  Moderate to high vulnerability (46 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155):  Calcium = 87.2 [43.9, 161.3] mg/100g; Iron = 1.02 [0.56, 2.12] mg/100g; Protein = 19.6 [18.5, 20.8] %; Omega3 = 0.31 [0.18, 0.53] g/100g; Selenium = 19.5 [9.0, 40.3] μg/100g; VitaminA = 8.92 [2.50, 30.68] μg/100g; Zinc = 0.745 [0.490, 1.109] mg/100g (wet weight);