Slender pinjalo – – –

Pinjalo lewisi
27.1 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Upper and lower profiles of head equally rounded
  • Eye located in middle of head
  • Dorsal fin with 12 spines and 13 soft rays
  • Fins red


Upper sides red shading to pinkish or white below, outer margin of caudal fin blackish; other fins red.


Up to 50 cm TL.


Indo-west Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral and rocky reef from 20 to at least 200 m deep.


Feeds on benthic and planktonic invertebrates and possibly small fishes. Often forms same species schools. In waters off Sumatra, Slender pinjalo are reported to form spawning aggregations.1 Little else is known about its biology or ecology.


Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and bottom trawls.

Similar species:

Lutjanus erythropterus
Chrimson snapper
Lutjanus erythropterus
Lutjanus erythropterus differs in having the upper and lower profiles of head not equally rounded (vs. equally rounded); fang-like canines at anterior of jaw present but sometimes indistinct (vs. absent).
Pinjalo pinjalo
Pinjalo snapper
Pinjalo pinjalo differs in having a dorsal fin with 11 spines and 14 or 15 soft rays (vs. 12 spines and 13 soft rays); caudal fin slightly emarginate (vs. more emarginate); diagonal dark lines on the nape and body (vs. dark lines absent) and fins, especially the anal and pelvic, with yellow pigment (vs. more red).

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM


  1. 1.
    Campbell S, Mukminin A, Prasetia R. Reef fish spawning aggregations in Aceh, Sumatra: local knowledge of occurrence and status [Internet]. WCS. Indoneisan Marine Program. Bogor. 2008. Available from: