Barramundi

Lates calcarifer

About This Animal

SIZE: Up to 6.5 feet in the wild

RANGE: Native to freshwater systems from Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-West Pacific

HABITAT: Found in coastal waters, estuaries and lagoons, in clear to turbid water

DIET: The fish is carnivorous, eating small fish and insect

ON EXHIBIT: River Giants exhibit in River Journey

The name Barramundi is Aboriginal for "large-scaled silver fish". Virtually all Barramundi are born male, then turn into females when they are 3 - 4 years old.  This means female Barramundi can only be courted by younger fish.  Barramundi spawn on the full moon, and their iridescent skin can be seen shimmering through the water during their 'love dance'.

In Australia, barramundi is both wild-caught and farmed for export to the global market as a table fish, and some recreational fishermen enjoy the pursuit of barramundi as well. Barramundi has been popularized for human consumption because it has been viewed as a sustainable fish, with strong stocks, a healthy habitat, and careful stewardship all contributing to the longevity of barramundi as a species.