Calico Bass

Aquarium Inhabitant Bio

Paralabrax clathratus


A common sportfish with a unique, mottled coloration. Can be identified by a relatively long and slender body shape and reddish-brown coloration with black, white, and olive-green spots. The Calico bass in this exhibit is from 12”

Habitat and distribution

Most commonly found in shallow, rocky coastal areas and particularly in kelp beds. Ranges from central California to Baja.


Adults feed primarily on fishes, while juveniles will consume a more diverse diet of echinoderms (e.g. brittle stars), crustaceans (e.g. crabs and shrimp), and zooplankton.

Fun Fact

Calico bass are solely targeted recreationally in California after a major population decline in the 1950’s led to a ban on their commercial harvest. They remain one of the most prized recreational targets.