Smallscale snapper – – –
- Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
- Caudal fin larger and deeply forked
- Maxilla without scales
- Preopercle with 1–3 rows of scales
- 69–72 lateral-line scales
Overall dark purplish brown or greyish pink.
Up to 35 cm TL.
West Pacific in tropical waters.
Associated with rocky reefs, from 30 to at least 200 m depth.
Feeds on planktonic organisms. Found in small schools. No information on age or length at maturity is available, however one Smallscale snapper caught off Papua New Guinea with a length of 23.0 cm SL and weight of 0.34 kg was estimated at 4 years old.1 No information on spawning is available and estimated maximum age is unknown.
Caught mainly with handlines.
- 1.Fry G, Brewer D, Venables W. Vulnerability of deepwater demersal fishes to commercial fishing: evidence from a study around a tropical volcanic seamount in Papua New Guinea. Fisheries Research [Internet]. 2006;81(2–3):126–41. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2006.08.002