Tang’s snapperLIR

Lipocheilus carnolabrum
~60 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Upper jaw protruding when mouth closed
  • Upper lip with a median fleshy protrusion, well developed in adults
  • Maxilla without scales or longitudinal ridges
  • First gill arch with 17–21 gill rakers
  • Spines of dorsal and anal fins strong, very robust in large adults
  • Last dorsal- and anal-fin soft ray shorter than next to last ray


Body yellow becoming silvery below; head and lips brownish yellow. Juveniles frequently with 5 yellow-brown vertical bars.


To 60 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific, in tropical waters.


Rocky bottoms, from 90 to at least 340 m depth.


Feeds primarily on fishes and larger invertebrates. Little is known about the biology and ecology of this species.


Caught mainly with bottom longlines and deep handlines.

Similar species:

A distinct species, clearly separable from other Lutjanid species by its upper lip with a medial fleshy protrusion and strong dorsal- and anal-fin spines.

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM