Japanese snapperLRC

 
Paracaesio caerulea
21.2 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
  • Caudal fin lunate to emarginate
  • Upper jaw not scaled

Colour:

Faint oblique yellowish band on side from origin of lateral line to mid-base of dorsal fin, caudal-fin lower lobe bright yellow.

Size:

Up to 53 cm TL.

Distribution:

West Central Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Associated with deep rocky reefs, from 140 to at least 250 m depth.

Biology:

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

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

 
Paracaesio kusakarii
Saddleback snapper
Paracaesio kusakarii
Paracaesio kusakarii differs in having a deeper body (vs. more slender).

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM