Saddleback snapperLRK

 
Paracaesio kusakarii
21.0 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
  • Caudal fin lunate to emarginate
  • Maxilla with scales
  • Adults with pronounced hump on nape

Colour:

Light brown with 4 broad dark bars on upper side of body.

Size:

Up to 60 cm TL.

Distribution:

West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Associated with deep rocky reefs, from 100 to at least 310 m depth.

Biology:

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

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

 
Paracaesio caerulea
Japanese snapper
Paracaesio caerulea
Paracaesio caerulea differs in having a more slender body (vs. deep).

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM