- Longitudinal scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
- Vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension
- Axil of pectoral fins without a black spot
Pale brown with 6 or 7 yellow stripes on sides, having the axil of pectoral fins without a black spot, and large black spot on lateral line below posterior dorsal fin.
Up to 35 cm TL.
Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral reefs, but can also tolerate brackish waters. From the surface to at least 35 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fishes, shrimp, crabs and other crustaceans, with smaller individuals preferring crustaceans, and larger individuals preferring fishes. Found in schools and forms large aggregations with other Lutjanus species. Length at maturity is reached at 20.0 and 21.5 cm for females and males respectively.1 Age at maturity is reached at 3 and 3.5 years for females and males respectively.1 Blackspot snapper are a small species with a considerably longer lifespan than some of the larger species, with a recorded maximum age of 23 years.1
Caught primarily by surface trolling.
- 1.Loubens G. Biologie de quelques especes de poissons du lagon Neo-Caledonien. III. Croissance. 1980;