Smallmouth snapper – – –

 
25.3 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
  • Caudal fin small and deeply forked
  • Maxilla with scales
  • Mouth small with minute villiform teeth

Colour:

Dark purplish brown or greyish pink.

Size:

Up to 25 cm TL.

Distribution:

Known by one specimen from Bali.

Habitat:

Probably on deep rocky reefs, from 140 to at least 250 m depth.

Biology:

Probably feeds on planktonic organisms. Little is know about the biology or ecology of this species.

Fisheries:

Unknown.

Similar species:

 
Paracaesio sordida
Smallscale snapper
Paracaesio sordida
Paracaesio sordida differ in having a scaleless maxilla (vs. scaly); a much larger mouth with small teeth (vs. smaller mouth with minute villiform teeth) and a larger caudal fin (vs. smaller).
 
Caesonidae
Fusiliers
Paracaesio brevidentata are difficult to distinguish from Caesionidae.