Sand Bass

Psammoperca datnioides
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Psammoperca datnioides
Other names Black Sand Bass, Dwarf Palmer Perch, Glasseye Perch, Jewel Eye, Pink Eyed Bass, Reef Barramundi, Sand Perch, Waigeo Barramundi, Waigieu Seaperch
Size Up to 47 cm (18.5 in)
Weight Up to 3 kg (6.6 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Estuaries, mangroves, brackish water, shallow coastal waters, inshore reefs/structure
Depth Range

Interesting Info

  • The Black Sand Bass is closely related to the Barramundi living in tropical coastal waters to depths of 12 m (39 ft)
  • They are a nocturnal predator that feeds on various crustaceans and smaller fish.
  • Whilst they appear similar to barramundi, a distinguishing characteristic of the Sand Perch are their reddish eyes.
  • Sand bass are a brackish water fish, extending its coastal range up into estuaries, mangroves & rivers.
  • They are a popular fish throughout Asia sold at various markets fresh.
  • They are a popular sports fish amongst anglers on light tackle.
  • Main predators of Sand Bass include sharks and other large predatory fish.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing

Black Sand Bass are a popular fish for anglers, known for their strong fight. They are a fast growing fish reaching lengths of 27 cm (10 in) within 2 years.

Sand Bass have a wide range across tropical parts of Australia including Busselton, WA, up to and around the Northern Territory, and back down to Moreton Bay in Queensland.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Latidae

Genus: Psammoperca

Species: Psammoperca datnioides

Conservation Status

Sand Bass are not evaluated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) site. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.

Fish Taste Quality

Sand Bass are an average table fish.

Taste Rating: 3/5

How to catch
Sand Bass

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Anchovy, Fresh cut flesh baits, Herring, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Soft plastics, Live minnow

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure, Cast lures close to structure

Popularity: Popular

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