Sand Perch: Diplectrum formosum


Also known as squirrelfish and sand sea bass.

  • Body and dorsal fins have dark-brown bars and orange and blue stripes
  • Head has many blue lines
  • Body is slender and cylindrical
  • Preopercle (cheek) with spines radiating from two clusters
  • Adults have elongated upper lobe of tail 

Size: Up to 12 inches 


Coastal waters, including bays, seagrass beds and shallow banks.


Additional Information

Despite their common name, sand perch are not “true” squirrelfishes.

Recreational Regulations

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