Introduction: Hottentot (Pachymetopon blochii) are a plump looking fish that frequents both shallow and deep-water reefs. Commercial and sport anglers catch them on line from the shore and dinghy. Spearfishermen also catch Hottentot which are popular in restaurants. Pachymetopon means 'thick forehead' and blochii comes from the renowned ichthyologist, Bloch. The common name Hottentot refers to indigenous beachcombers selling this fish to early settlers.
Diet: Red, brown and green seaweeds, amphipods, crabs, shrimps, anchovies and redbait.
Colouration: Bluish-grey overall with an upper golden-green sheen and a white belly. The fins are dusky and the pectoral rear axils are black.
Breeding: Sexual maturity is reached at the age of years when the reach a length of 20cm.
Max size: 40cm. Max weight: 3kg.
Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony
An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.
Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here
A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays