- Longitudinal scale rows above lateral line mostly horizontal
- Vomerine tooth patch with posterior extension
- Preorbital space narrow (9–10 times head length)
4 or 5 narrow yellow stripes on sides, large round black spot below posterior dorsal fin over lateral line.
Up to 35 cm TL.
Indo West Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral reefs, often near fresh water run-offs, from 1 to at least 20 m depth.
Feeds on small fishes and crustaceans when juvenile, and predominantly crustaceans when adult.1 Often forms large schools. Females attain a larger size than males. In the waters of the Arabian Gulf first maturity is reached at a size of 20.4 and 19.9 cm FL for females and males respectively, corresponding to 1.8 and 1.7 years for females and males, respectively.2 In the Arabian Gulf, Ehrenberg’s snapper has a single spawning season occurring between March and June. Estimated maximum age is 12 years.2
Caught mainly with handlines, traps and gill nets.
- 1.Berkström C, Jörgensen TL, Hellström M. Ecological connectivity and niche differentiation between two closely related fish species in the mangrove-seagrass-coral reef continuum. Marine Ecology Progress Series [Internet]. 2013;477:201–15. Available from: https//:doi.org/10.3354/meps10171
- 2.Grandcourt E, Al Abdessalaam T, Francis F, Al Shamsi A. Demographic parameters and status assessments of Lutjanus ehrenbergii, Lethrinus lentjan, Plectorhinchus sordidus and Rhabdosargus sarba in the southern Arabian Gulf. Journal of Applied Ichthyology [Internet]. 2011;27(5):1203–11. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2011.01776.x