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Lutjanus carponotatus  (Richardson, 1842)

Spanish flag snapper
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Lutjanidae (Snappers) > Lutjaninae
Etymology: Lutjanus: Malay, ikan lutjan, name of a fish.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 80 m (Ref. 9710).   Tropical; 23°N - 27°S, 79°E - 159°E (Ref. 55)

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Indo-West Pacific: India to northern Australia. Sometimes referred to as Lutjanus chrysotaenia by past authors.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 18.6  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55); max. reported age: 20 years (Ref. 37970)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9. Snout somewhat pointed, dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Preorbital bone about equal to eye diameter, or slightly wider. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Generally blue-gray on upper side, grading to white or yellow white ventrally with a series of eight or nine or orange or yellow stripes on the sides. The fins are yellowish; the pectoral fins have a distinct black spot at base of uppermost rays and axil.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

May be found in turbid coastal waters (Ref. 90102). Adults inhabit coral reefs in both sheltered lagoons and on outer reef slopes. Often encountered in schools of up to 20 to 30 individuals. (Ref. 55)

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Multiple spawner.

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Allen, G.R., 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6. Snappers of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(6):208 p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 55)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 25.1 - 29.1, mean 28.2 (based on 1340 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01445 (0.00696 - 0.03003), b=2.98 (2.82 - 3.14), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.9   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.37-0.45; tmax=20; Fec > 10,000).
Prior r = 0.57, 2 SD range = 0.33 - 0.97, log(r) = -0.56, SD log(r) = 0.27, Based on: 3 K, 2 tgen, 1 tmax, 2 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.