Dorsal fin deeply incised between spinous and soft portions
Maxilla with scales
Maxilla extending to level with posterior margin of eye
First gill arch with 32–36 gill rakers
Caudal fin lunate with a notch in the middle of the trailing edge
Outer margin of operculum rounded
Mainly red, paler on lower sides and belly.
Up to 80 cm TL.
Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.
Rocky bottoms, from 90 to at least 360 m depth.
Feeds primarily on small fishes. Little else is know about its biology or ecology.
Caught mainly with deep handlines.
Etelis carbunculus Pacific ruby snapper
Etelis carbunculus differs in having a caudal fin shallowly forked with no notch present (vs. lunate with notch in the center of trailing edge); maxilla extending to level with middle of eye (vs. level with posterior eye margin) and first gill arch with 17–22 gill rakers (vs. 32–36).
Etelis coruscans differs in having an outer margin of operculum pointed (vs. rounded); a caudal fin deeply forked (vs. lunate with notch in the center of trailing edge); maxilla extending to level with middle of eye (vs. level with posterior eye margin) and first gill arch with 23–28 gill rakers (vs. 32–36).
Pristipomoides species differ in having junction between spinous and soft portion of dorsal fin indistinct (vs. junction deeply incised); dorsal fin with 10 spines and 10 soft rays (vs. 10 spines and 11, very infrequently 10, soft rays) and maxilla without scales (vs. with).