- Suborbital space (between upper jaw and eye) very narrow
- Snout profile angular
- preopercular notch and knob poorly developed
- Vomerine tooth patch triangular, with a medial posterior extension
- Body relatively slender
Body with a series of yellow stripes below lateral line and a series of yellow oblique lines above lateral line, fins pale yellow.
Up to 30 cm TL.
Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral reefs, from 10 to at least 90 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fishes and crustaceans. Usually found in large schools of more than 100 individuals, and also schools with other Lutjanus species. Bigeye snapper are a small, short lived, early maturing species. Mean length at maturity is 15.5 cm TL and mean age at maturity is 1.1 years. Bigeye snapper are among the shortest lived of all snappers, mean maximum age is estimated at 5.6 years.1
Caught mainly with handlines and with bottom trawls in some areas.
- 1.Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae) [Internet]. 2003. Available from: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3270&context=gradschool_dissertations