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Also known as:

Papuan black snapper

PNG black bass

Niugini bass

Niugini black bass


Common Group Name:

Tropical Snappers

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Species Name:

Lutjanus goldiei

Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp teeth of Papuan black bass when handling them. The eating qualities of this species can be improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.

Fish Description:

  • Papuan black bass are grey/black in colour, depending on water conditions. Juveniles may have one or two blue lines under the eye on the cheeks.
  • Like other lutjanids they have powerful jaws and prominent canine teeth.

Fish Distribution:

  • The Papuan black bass is known only from the rivers of Papua New Guinea and the island of New Britain.
  • This fish inhabits large, snag infested jungle streams and tributaries, while adults may also occur in estuaries.

Fish Size Common Length:

40-60 cm (18-24 inches), maximum size around 100+cm (36 inches) and 25+ kg (50 lb).