Pomadasys trifasciatus

Blackear javelin
Characteristic features:

Adults plain silver or with faint white stripes, juveniles with 3 oblique dark stripes which fade with growth and a distinct dark brown-black spot on gill cover.


Up to 15 cm TL.

Important conditions and life stages:

Juveniles silver with 3 horizontal dark stripes and a distinct dark brown-black spot on gill cover.


Westerm Pacific, in tropical waters.


Coastal inshore waters including bays and river mouths.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with bottom trawl and set net.

Similar species:

Pomadasys andamanensis
Andaman grunt

Pomadasys andamanensis

Pomadasys andamanensis differs in having 4 horizontal dark stripes on sides (vs. 3 oblique dark stripes on sides in juveniles) and anterior soft portion of anal fin blackish (vs. anal fin plain).

Pomadasys argyreus
Bluecheek grunt

Pomadasys argyreus

Pomadasys argyreus differs in having second anal-fin spine usually longer than snout length plus eye diameter (vs. about equal to or shorter) and eye diameter usually less than caudal peduncle depth (vs. about equal to).

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