Otolithes ruber (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Tigertooth croaker
Abo,  Abo,  Abu,  Alakaak,  Alakak,  Balat,  Dulama,  Gulama,  Ilak,  Lagis,  Magalaw
Otolithes ruber
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)
Max. size:  90 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 7,000.0 g; max. reported age: 5 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; brackish; marine; depth range 10 - 40 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, including Madagascar (absent in the Red Sea), eastward to southern China Sea and Queensland, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-30; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 7-8
Biology:  Found in coastal waters (Ref. 30573). Adults feed on fishes, prawns and other invertebrates (Ref. 5213, 9772). Generally marketed fresh, may be dried or salted (Ref. 5284).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 June 2016 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Also Ref. 2113.

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