Pinjalo snapperPJP

Pinjalo pinjalo
23.2 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Upper and lower profiles of head equally rounded
  • Eye located in middle of head
  • Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 14 or 15 soft rays
  • Fins with yellow pigment


Upper sides pinkish yellow to lavender shading to pinkish or white below, fins with yellow pigment.


Up to 70 cm TL.


Indo-west Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral and rocky reef from 15 to at least 200 m deep.


Feeds on benthic and planktonic invertebrates and small fishes. Often forms same species schools. Little 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 lewisi
Slender pinjalo
Pinjalo lewisi
Pinjalo lewisi differs in having a dorsal fin with 12 spines and 13 soft rays (vs. 11 spines and 14 or 15 soft rays); caudal fin emarginate (vs. slightly emarginate); dark lines absent (vs. diagonal dark lines on the nape and body) and fins with red pigment (vs. yellow).

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM