Etelis carbunculus Cuvier, 1828
Deep-water red snapper
Maya maya,  Aha-an,  Laya,  Maya-maya,  Sagisihon,  Saramia,  Tikwi,  Ugmo
Etelis carbunculus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Etelinae
Max. size:  127 cm FL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 32 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 90 - 400 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. Recorded in Three Kings Island, New Zealand (Ref. 35942). This name has been wrongly used for Etelis coruscans by some previous authors.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Interorbital space flat. Dorsal and anal fins without scales. Scale rows on back parallel with lateral line. Color is mainly pink to red, becoming white on the lower sides and belly.
Biology:  Adults inhabit rocky bottoms (Ref. 30573). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feed on fishes and larger invertebrates such as squids, shrimps and crabs; also takes planktonic organisms, including pelagic urochordates. An important food fish in some areas. Marketed fresh or frozen (Ref. 55).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 27.03.13

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