Fried “Mebaru” Sebastes Fish -red & black-
Mebaru is also known as “Haru-Tsuge-Uo”, that means “fish telling the arival of spring”.
Mebaru (Sebastes fish) live in the reef of Japan, and there are three specie.
– Aka-Mebaru 赤メバル red （Sebastes inermis）
– Kuro-Mebaru 黒メバル black （Sebastes ventricosus）
– Shiro-Mebaru 白メバル white （Sebastes cheni）
These had been regarded as one of kind, but in 2008 they were found to be three species by DNA analysis.
Above is Aka-Mebaru, below is Kuro-Mebaru.
There remain two crabs in Aka-Mebaru stomach. This is the one.
“Mebaru” is written “眼張” in Kanji, literally “wide open eye watching”.
They have not only a large eyes, also a large mouth.
They are carnivorous,
so they prey shellfish , polychaete , small crustaceans , and small fish.
Interestingly, two crabs are male and female pair.
Above crab is male, because the abdomen is the sharp isosceles triangle.
Left crab is female, because the abdomen is similar to the equilateral triangle.
After eating, there remains the bone of a fish shape. It is a piece of the shoulder girdle bone.
is a Sebastes Fish. 眼張（めばる） literally “wide open eye watching”
There are three varieties.
Aka-Mebaru （Sebastes inermis） 赤眼張（あかめばる） literally “red wide open eye watching”
Kuro-Mebaru （Sebastes ventricosus） 黒眼張（くろめばる） literally “black wide open eye watching”
Shiro-Mebaru （Sebastes cheni） 白眼張（しろめばる） literally “white wide open eye watching”