Pearl perch Glaucosoma scapulare
Distribution - Pearl perch are found in small schools on deeper offshore reefs, between Port Macquarie in NSW and Rockhampton in Queensland.
Size - Maximum weight of around 5.5kg and 70cm in length.
Characteristics - They are pearlish-green-silver-grey in colour with golden-brown specks on the scales. Pearl perch are characterised by a large, shiny mark behind the gill covers and a small, dark blotch at the rear of the dorsal fin rays. Anglers generally catch this species on offshore reefs using baits such as squid, octopus, prawns and small live bait. Pearl perch is regarded as one of the best tasting fish in the ocean.
Confusing species - None.