Taxonomy

Lateolabrax japonicus Cuvier, 1828, seas of Japan. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Japanese seaperch, Japan sea bass; Japanese: Suzuki. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Total length 40 in (102 cm). Body elongate, compressed, and perchlike. Mouth is large, lower jaw projects beyond upper jaw. Two dorsal fins. Color silvery but with fine black spots or large black spots on adults from some localities. Juveniles have small black spots on dorsal fin and back. There are 12-15 spines and 12-14 soft rays in the dorsal fin, 3 spines and 7-9 soft rays in the anal fin. Caudal fin is truncate.

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