Pomadasys maculatus

Saddle grunt PKL
Characteristic features:

Body silvery grey with short saddles and bars, saddle on nape largest and angled strongly posteriorly, large blackish blotch on dorsal fin.


Up to 50 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Inshore waters, 20–110 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with bottom trawl, handline, set net, trap and spear.

Similar species:

Pomadasys kaakan
Javelin grunt

Pomadasys kaakan

Pomadasys kaakan differs in having silvery colouration with small black spots that form vertical bars on upper body (vs. silvery colouration with short, dark saddles on upper body).

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