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.
- 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.
- 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).