Mozambique large- eyebream
  • Wattsia mossambica
  • EnglishName: Mozambique large- eyebream
    • Local Name : Dhon kothari filolhu
  • Size : Max. 55 cm
  • Family: LETHRINIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 long, strong spines and 10 rays. Anal fin with 3 strong spines and 10 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 1.9-2.2 in standard length. Body deep. Eye moderate in size. Head profile strongly convex. Maxilla with a longitudinal denticulate ridge. A pair of close-set nasal openings. Caudal fin very slightly forked with broadly rounded lobes.
  • Colour: Overall silvery-grey suffused with yellow. Margins of scales narrowly brownish. Lips whitish to yellow. Fins yellow, faint brown spotting may be present on soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins.
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits outer edge of reefs and continental shelves at depths ranging from 100 to 180 m. Feeds on bottom-living invertebrates and small fishes.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific. Remarks: Wattsia mossambica is a rather deep-dwelling species, hence it is not encountered very often. It is occasionally caught in Maldives with deep handlines (usually deeper than 70 m) outside the atolls.