Beware of the sharp gill covers and dorsal spines of wirenetting cod when handling them. Most rock cods have similar brain locations and all can be very tolerant of air exposure. To maximise their eating qualities they should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- Wire netting cod are dark brown above and whitish below with lighter honeycomb pattern bars on the body and fins.
- This species is a protogynous hermaphrodite which matures first as a female at around 20-25 cm long before changing to male at 30-35 cm long.
- This species is widespread and common on rocky reefs and coral reefs throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region.
- Wire netting cod are ambush predators that sit concealed on or under clumps of rock or coral waiting for passing prey items.
Fish Size Common Length:
25-30 cm, maximum length around 40 cm.