Oblique-banded snapperLWZ

 
Pristipomoides zonatus
Length unknown

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales at base
  • 63–67 lateral-line scales
  • Total gill rakers on first gill arch 17–21
  • Caudal fin forked
  • A series of alternating oblique red/pink and yellow bars on side of body

Colour:

Pink or reddish with a series of alternating oblique red/pink and yellow bars on side of body; dorsal and caudal fins yellow, other fins pink.

Size:

Up to at least 40 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Rocky reefs, from 70 to at least 300 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds primarily on fishes but also shrimps, crabs, cephalopods and other invertebrates. Oblique-banded snapper are small, short lived and have high mortality rates. Mean values of age and length at maturity are 1 year and 28 cm, respectively. Mean longevity is estimated at 14 years.1

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

A distinct species, clearly separable from other Pristipomoides species by its alternating oblique red and yellow bars on sides of body.

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM

References:

  1. 1.
    Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae). 2003.