Coral snapper, Squirrelfish, Bolo
The Sand Perch is characterized by its brownish red body that sports dark bands of color resembling tiger strips across its elongated body. The fins are often yellow and the tip of the tail tinged blue. In addition the bottom lip of the mouth is blue and can radiate blue stripes.
Habitat & Behaviour
Sand Perch can be found along the shore and in bays. They prefer a variety of bottoms with some vegetation and rocky shelter, often in deeper channels.
Sand Perch inhabit the structure lined bottoms such as rocky areas and reefs. This promotes a diet of smaller fish such as gobies and invertebrates and crustaceans.
Watch for sharp gill plates and spines on top. Can otherwise be handled with ease.