Papuan snapper– – –

 
25.9 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Preopercular notch indistinct
  • Blackish caudal-fin markings less defined and not lunar-like
  • Distinct black spot at axil of pectoral fins

Colour:

Reddish brown above and orange below; pelvic and anal fins yellowish.

Size:

Up to 35 cm TL.

Distribution:

Distributed throughout the tropical waters of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Habitat:

Coral reefs, from 6 to at least 15 m depth.

Biology:

Likely to feed on fishes and some invertebrates. Papuan snapper are usually solitary, but are occasionally found in small groups. Little is known about its biology or ecology.

Fisheries:

Probably caught with handlines, traps and gill nets.

Similar species:

 
Lutjanus boutton
Button snapper
Lutjanus boutton

J. Randall, 15.0 cm TL. License: CC BY-NC 3.0
Lutjanus boutton differs in having a preopercular notch well developed (vs. poorly developed); vomerine tooth patch without medial posterior extension (vs. with medial posterior extension) and yellowish grey on upper body (vs. bluish or grey on upper body).
 
Lutjanus fulvus
Blacktail snapper
Lutjanus fulvus
Lutjanus fulvus differs in having a preopercular notch well developed (vs. indistinct); vomerine tooth patch without medial posterior extension (vs. with medial posterior extension); broad yellow rim around posterior eye (vs. no rim); caudal fin black with narrow white posterior margin (vs. caudal fin bluish or grey) and no markings on upper pectoral fin base (vs. dark spot).
 
Lutjanus lunulatus
Lunartail snapper
Lutjanus lunulatus
Lutjanus lunulatus differs in having a vomerine teeth without medial posterior extension (vs. with medial posterior extension) and a distinctive black crescent on caudal fin (vs. caudal fin bluish grey) and pectoral fins yellow (vs. yellow with dark black spot on upper pectoral fin base).

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM