Parore, Girella tricuspidata

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The Parore (in New Zealand), or Luderick, Black Beam, or Blackfish (in Australia) (Girella tricuspidata), is a species of sea chub of the family Kyphosidae. It is closely related to the Black Drummer, Zebra Fish and Bluefish. It is found around eastern Australia from southern
Queensland to Port Phillip Bay in Victoria and occasionally the north eastern tip of Tasmania. In New Zealand it is found around the North Island. It thrives in harbors, estuaries, wave washed zones and rocky reef areas, in depths of up to 13 feet.

The adult Parore can grow to 27.5 inches in length and weigh as much as 8.75 pounds, however, the more common range is 7.75 to 15.75 inches and 2.25 pounds. The color can range from a silver-gray to a dark bronze but always with 10 to 12 dark gray vertical bars along the flanks. The lower half of the head is dull yellow. An unusual feature is that the sexes have differently shaped teeth.

The Parore feeds on algae, lettuce-leaf seaweed, crabs, shrimps, and worms. The feeding habits depend on whether they are in open coastal waters or in a river mouth or estuary. It is not usually fished for in New Zealand, but anglers will fish them in South Wales. It is commonly sold as net caught fish.

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Parore Girella tricuspidata

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