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Westralian jewfish
Glaucosoma hebraicum, at the Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia.
Scientific classification
  • Breviperca lineata Castelnau, 1875

Glaucosoma hebraicum, the Westralian jewfish, West Australian dhufish or West Australian pearl perch, is a species of fish in the family Glaucosomatidae, the pearl perches. It is native to the waters around Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to the Archipelago of the Recherche at depths to 200 m (660 ft). This species can reach 122 cm (48 in) in length, though most do not exceed 80 cm (31 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 26 kg (57 lb). This species is important to local commercial fisheries and is also popular as a game fish.

The pearlescent, silver-grey colour of this fish is broken by dark stripes. It is distinguished from a species found in the eastern states of Australia by a dark stripe over the eye region. This striping is prominent in juveniles and fades as the fish matures at about three or four years old.

The breeding season is between December and March, when it may be found over reefs at depths as shallow as 20 meters. At other times of the year it stays in deeper waters.

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