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

Colour:

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

Size:

Up to 70 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-west Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

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

Biology:

Feeds on benthic and planktonic invertebrates and small fishes. Often forms same species schools. Little is known about its biology or ecology.

Fisheries:

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:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM