Barred Sand Bass
Paralabrax nebulifer

Physical Description

  • Long body, square tail
  • Grey-white back, white belly, dark vertical bars on the sides
  • Two short dorsal (back) spines and then very long third dorsal spine
  • Narrow dark bar below eye

Range

  • From Santa Cruz, California to Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico

Habitat

  • Most are in waters from 60-90 feet, can be in as deep as 600 feet¬†
  • Live in shallow sandy environments near reefs, rock outcroppings, and kelp beds
  • Often rest on the bottom propped up on their pectoral (side) fins

Diet

  • Crabs, octopus, squid, small fish, midshipmen

Predators

  • Sharks, marine mammals, osprey

Interesting Facts

  • Barred sand bass spawn from May-October, and their eggs are free floating throughout the water.¬†
  • They are sometimes called grumps or grumpy due to their mouths.

Sources: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Pierfishing.com; Ben Frable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Photo: David R Andrew

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