Goldenlined snapperLUF

 
19.2 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
  • Preopercular notch strong
  • Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 13 or 14 soft rays

Colour:

Pale pinkish with 10–12 yellow stripes on sides, sometimes with a black spot on lateral line below dorsal-fin soft rays; fins yellow.

Size:

Up to 28 cm TL.

Distribution:

West Central Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Coral reefs, from 10 to at least 50 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds primarily on fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods and some planktivorous items. Goldenlined snapper form large aggregations of several hundred individuals. Estimations regarding size or age at maturity is unknown. Maximum age is unknown.

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines and bottom longlines.

Similar species:

 
Lutjanus carponotatus
Spanish flag snapper
Lutjanus carponotatus
Lutjanus carponotatus differs in having a preopercular notch poorly developed (vs. well developed); vomerine tooth patch with posterior medial extension (vs. without posterior medial extension); 8 or 9 yellow to golden stripes on sides (vs. 10–12 faint yellow stripes on sides); axil of pectoral fins with black spot (vs. axil of pectoral fin brown dorsally) and no black spot below dorsal-fin soft rays (vs. a black spot eye-sized or smaller sometimes present).
 
Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Ehrenberg’s snapper
Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Lutjanus ehrenbergii differs in having longitudinal scale rows above lateral line mostly horizontal (vs. obliquely positioned); preopercular notch indistinct (vs. well developed); a vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension (vs. without posterior medial extension); 5 yellow narrow stripes below lateral line (vs. 10–12 faint yellow stripes on sides) and round black spot larger than eye size present below middle of dorsal fin (vs. a black spot eye-sized or smaller sometimes present below dorsal-fin soft rays).
 
Lutjanus fulviflamma
Blackspot snapper
Lutjanus fulviflamma
Lutjanus fulviflamma differs in having a preopercular notch poorly developed (vs. well developed); 6 or 7 yellow stripes on side (vs. 10–12 faint yellow stripes on sides); vomerine tooth patch with posterior medial extension (vs. without posterior medial extension) and an oval black spot on lateral line below dorsal-fin soft-rays (vs. a black spot eye-sized or smaller sometimes present).
 
Lutjanus lutjanus
Bigeye snapper
Lutjanus lutjanus
Lutjanus lutjanus differs in having a preopercular notch poorly developed (vs. well developed); vomerine tooth patch with posterior medial extension (vs. without posterior medial extension); no colouration dorsally on axil of pectoral fin (vs. brown mark) and no black spot present below dorsal-fin soft rays (vs. a black spot eye-sized or smaller sometimes present)
 
Lutjanus xanthopinnis
Yellowfin snapper
Lutjanus xanthopinnis
Lutjanus xanthopinnis differs in having vomerine tooth patch without posterior medial extension (vs. with posterior medial extension); longitudinal scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned (vs. mostly horizontal) and brown dorsally on axil of pectoral fin (vs. no demarcation).

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM