- Longitudinal scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
- Vomerine tooth patch lacking posterior extension
- Preopercular notch indistinct
- Mouth relatively small
- Head profile sloped
Pinkish red, paler on belly.
Up to 55 cm TL.
Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral and rocky reefs, from the surface to at least 100 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fishes, but also crustaceans, cephalopods and other benthic invertebrates. Usually occurs in small groups. In Australia length at first maturity is 28.8 cm SL and 24.0 cm SL for females and males, respectively. Length where 50% of individuals reach maturity was 35.1 cm SL and 26.8 cm SL for females and males, respectively. In eastern Indonesia spawning occurs throughout most of the year. Crimson snapper are a serial batch spawner and are highly fecund, producing an estimated 640,300 to 676,100 eggs in one spawning event.1 Estimated maximum age is 32 years on the Great Barrier Reef.2
Caught mainly by handlines and trawls.
- 1.Fry G, Milton DA, Van Der Velde T, Stobutzki I, Andamari R, Sumiono B. Reproductive dynamics and nursery habitat preferences of two commercially important Indo-Pacific red snappers Lutjanus erythropterus and L. ámalabaricus. Fisheries Science [Internet]. 2009;75(1):145–58. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12562-008-0034-4
- 2.Newman SJ, Cappo M, Williams DM. Age, growth, mortality rates and corresponding yield estimates using otoliths of the tropical red snappers, Lutjanus erythropterus, L. malabaricus and L. sebae, from the central Great Barrier Reef. Fisheries Research [Internet]. 2000;48(1):1–14. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0165-7836(00)00115-6