Bengal snapperQIT

 
Lutjanus bengalensis
18.1 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal fin with 11 or 12 spines and 12–14 soft rays
  • Body moderately deep
  • Preopercular notch well developed

Colour:

Bright yellow with 4 blue stripes on sides (1 below eye), belly pale.

Size:

Up to 30 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Coral reefs, from 10 to at least 30 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds primarily on small fishes, also eats crustaceans. Sometimes forms small aggregations. Little is known about the maturity or reproductive biology of this species. Maximum age is unknown.

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.

Similar species:

 
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Fivelined snapper
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus differs in being yellow overall (vs. yellow with a pale belly); 5 longitudinal blue stripes on sides, 2 below eye (vs. 4 blue stripes on sides 1 below eye); usually a large black spot mostly above lateral line below soft dorsal-fin rays (vs. no spot) and a dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13–15 soft rays (vs. 11 or 12 spines and 12–14 soft rays).
 
Lutjanus kasmira
Common bluestripe snapper
Lutjanus kasmira
J. Randall. License: CC BY-NC 3.0
Lutjanus kasmira differs in having a white belly with faint grey stripes (vs. plain white below).

External links:

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