Spotted Sand Bass

Aquarium Inhabitant Bio

Paralabrax maculatofasciatus


A shallow water ambush predator. The spotted sand bass is a light tan color and is covered with black, brown, and gray spots from head to tail. One 9” spotted sand bass present in this exhibit.

Habitat and distribution

Lives primarily in warm shallow bays and estuaries, and jetties and pier pilings. Ranges from southern California down to southern Baja.


Small fishes, bivalves (e.g. mussels and clams), and crustaceans (e.g. crabs and shrimp). Hides amongst rocks and kelp to ambush its prey

Fun Fact

The spotted bay bass is one of the most common and popular targets among anglers fishing in the Oceanside Harbor.