Indonesian snapper – – –

 
Lutjanus bitaeniatus
22.5 cm SL

Characteristic features:

  • Body relatively deep
  • Snout somewhat pointed
  • Vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension

Colour:

Back and upper sides red, grading to silvery white below; all fins reddish; caudal peduncle sometimes dusky brown. Juveniles with black mid-lateral stripe; paired fins and anal fins yellowish.

Size:

To 40 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Inshore and offshore reef areas from 40 to at least 80 m depth.

Biology:

Occurs in solitary or in small groups. Little is know about the biology or ecology of these species.

Fisheries:

Caught by trawling.

Similar species:

 
Lutjanus erythropterus
Crimson snapper
Lutjanus erythropterus
Lutjanus erythropterus differs in having a mouth relatively small (vs. large); tongue smooth, without teeth (vs. teeth present) and caudal fin emarginate (vs. slightly emarginate or truncate).
 
Lutjanus malabaricus
Malabar snapper
Lutjanus malabaricus
Lutjanus vitta differs in having a dorsal fin with 11 spines and 12–14 soft rays (vs. 10 spines and 13–14 soft rays); preorbital bone much broader than eye diameter (vs. narrower than eye diameter) and tongue smooth, without teeth (vs. teeth present).
 
Lutjanus timoriensis
Timor snapper
Lutjanus timoriensis
Lutjanus vitta differs in having preorbital bone relatively narrow, slightly less than eye diameter (vs. preorbital width greater than eye diameter); posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins pointed (vs. rounded) and tongue smooth, without teeth (vs. teeth present).
 
Lutjanus vitta
Brownstripe snapper
Lutjanus vitta
Lutjanus vitta differs from juvenile Lutjanus bitaeniatus differs in having a vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension (vs. without posterior medial extension); posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins angular (vs. rounded) and a black spot absent or an oval black spot, eye-sized or greater, present below last dorsal-fin spine (vs. crescentic blackish blotch in the middle of the caudal fin).

External links:

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