Darktail snapperLWL

 
Lutjanus lemniscatus
47.8 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
  • Preopercular notch indistinct
  • Upper snout profile distinctly concave in larger individuals

Colour:

Greyish brown or olive, fins reddish with caudal fin darkest. Fish from deep water frequently reddish.

Size:

Up to 65 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Coral and rocky reefs, and also muddy habitats, from 70 to at least 80 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds primarily on fishes, but also benthic invertebrates. Found in solitary or in small groups. Estimations regarding size or age at maturity are unknown. Maximum age is unknown.

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and occasionally with bottom trawls.

Similar species:

 
Lutjanus vitta (Brownstripe snapper) and juvenile Lutjanus biguttatus (Twospot snapper) can appear similar to juvenile Lutjanus lemniscatus in having a single dark midlateral stripe through eye to caudal fin base, but differ in having a vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension (vs. without), with L. vitta having a yellow caudal fin (vs. blackish) and L. biguttatus having an elongate body (vs. deep).
 
Lutjanus monostigma
Onespot snapper
Lutjanus monostigma
Lutjanus monostigma differs in frequently having a black spot (sometimes faint) on the on lateral line below soft dorsal-fin rays (vs. no spot) and a yellow caudal fin (vs. blackish).
 
Lutjanus russellii
Russell’s snapper
26.0 cm TL
Lutjanus russellii differs in frequently having a black spot on the on back below soft dorsal-fin rays (vs. no spot) and vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension (vs. without).

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