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Paralabrax clathratus - Kelp Bass

Paralabrax clathratus - Kelp Bass

Kelp bass grow to 72cm (28.5in). They inhabit rocky reefs, kelp beds, and man-made structures in depths up to 150 feet. Despite their name, they do not require kelp for survival, as seen in El NiƱo years that diminish kelp levels. When kelp is present, this fish will often school up in the canopy. In the absence of kelp, the fish will move down nearer the reef structure. The jaw of the male changes to an orange color during the spawning season.

Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Eastern Pacific: Columbia River in Washington, USA to southern Baja California, Mexico

Usually found in or near kelp beds, shallow water and to about 50 m but mostly from 2.4-21m . Found throughout water column. Large specimens usually occur in deeper water.

Juveniles feed on benthic invertebrates (especially crustaceans); adults feed on fishes and cephalopods. Both juveniles and adults may feed on plankton when abundant

Quick Fact
Kelp bass have been observed jumping out of the water when chasing their prey.

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