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Paralabrax clathratus (Sea bass; Rock sea bass; Kelp bass)

Synonyms: Labrax clathratus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Paralabrax clathratus, the kelp bass, sometimes referred to as the Calico bass or western fish (leading to easy confusion with the freshwater fishes from the genus Pomoxis), is a species of marine fish found in the eastern North Pacific Ocean from Baja California, Mexico, to Washington, United States (although rare in the northernmost part of its range). As suggested by its common name, it is typically associated with kelp beds, but may also be found in rocky areas or near hard structures. It prefers relatively shallow water, but may occur as deep as 165 ft (50 m).
View Wikipedia Record: Paralabrax clathratus


Adult Weight [1]  8.49 lbs (3.85 kg)
Maximum Longevity [2]  31 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary   California, United States
Channel Islands National Park II 139010 California, United States


Prey / Diet

Acuminodeutopus heteruropus[3]
Ampelisca cristata[3]
Aulorhynchus flavidus (Tube-snout)[3]
Brachyistius frenatus (Brown sea-perch)[3]
Bugula neritina (Common bugula)[3]
Bugulina californica (Marine bryozoan)[3]
Caprella pilidigita[3]
Chondrochelia savignyi (Tanaidacean)[3]
Chromis punctipinnis (Blacksmith chromis)[3]
Crisia occidentalis[3]
Cyclaspis nubila[3]
Cymatogaster aggregata (Shiner)[3]
Diopatra ornata[3]
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black perch)[3]
Embiotoca lateralis (Blue seaperch)[3]
Euphilomedes carcharodonta[3]
Heterostichus rostratus (Giant kelpfish)[3]
Loxorhynchus grandis (sheep crab)[3]
Lythrypnus dalli (Catalina goby)[3]
Mayerella banksia[3]
Metaphoxus frequens[3]
Oxyjulis californica (senorita)[3]
Oxylebius pictus (Convict fish)[3]
Panulirus interruptus (California spiny lobster)[3]
Paralabrax clathratus (Sea bass)[3]
Paralabrax nebulifer (Sea bass)[3]
Phragmatopoma californica (Sand-builder worm)[3]
Pista elongata (Tube-dwelling worm)[3]
Pugettia producta (northern kelp crab)[3]
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip seaperch)[3]
Rhacochilus vacca (Pile surfperch)[3]
Rhinogobiops nicholsii (Blackeye goby)[3]
Rudilemboides stenopropodus[3]
Salmacina tribranchiata (Plume worm)[3]
Sebastes serriceps (Treefish)[3]
Thalamoporella californica[3]
Timarete luxuriosa[3]


Octopus bimaculatus (california two-spot octopus)[4]
Paralabrax clathratus (Sea bass)[3]
Paralichthys californicus (Halibut)[3]
Stereolepis gigas (Black jewfish)[3]
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)[5]


Parasitized by 
Dollfusnema piscicola[6]
Helicometrina nimia[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Chicago Zoological Park
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Range Map

California Current; Eastern Pacific: Columbia River in Washington, USA to southern Baja California, Mexico.; Mexico; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
5Habitat Partitioning by Three Species of Dolphins in Santa Monica Bay, California, Maddalena Bearzi, Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative, 07-08-2003
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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