Mizenko’s snapper – – –

 
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Characteristic features:

  • Vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension
  • Mid-lateral stripe on body not broader and darker than other stripes
  • Predorsal scales extending to level of rear part of orbit
  • Preopercular flange scaleless

Colour:

Back and sides reddish grading to pink, a series of yellow stripes below lateral line and a series of yellow oblique lines above lateral line, fins pale yellow, except pelvic fins which are frequently pale yellow/white.

Size:

Up to 26 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Occasionally found on coral reefs between 10 and 20 m, but also found in deeper water to 150 meters.

Biology:

A rarely caught species, infrequently seen in fish markets. Little is know about its biology or ecology.

Fisheries:

Mainly caught with deep handlines.

Similar species:

 
Lutjanus lutjanus
Bigeye snapper
Lutjanus lutjanus
Lutjanus lutjanus differs in having a scaled preopercular flange (vs. scaleless); thin yellow stripes, central stripe twice as wide as others (vs. thin yellow stripes, central stripes broader).
 
Lutjanus rufolineatus
Golden-lined snapper
Lutjanus rufolineatus
Lutjanus rufolineatus differs in having a preopercular notch poorly developed (vs. well developed); vomerine tooth patch without posterior medial extension (vs. with).
 
Lutjanus vitta
Brownstripe snapper
Lutjanus vitta
Lutjanus vitta differs in having a scaled preopercular flange (vs. scaleless) and thin stripes, with a broad midlateral dark stripe (vs. thin yellow stripes with broader midlateral yellow stripe).
 
Lutjanus xanthopinnis
Yellowfin snapper
Lutjanus xanthopinnis
Lutjanus xanthopinnis differs in having a scaled preopercular flange (vs. scaleless) and thin stripes, with a broad midlateral dark stripe (vs. thin yellow stripes with broader midlateral yellow stripe).

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM