Lutjanus fulvus (Forster, 1801)
Blacktail snapper
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Lutjanus fulvus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 34 years
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 75 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Marquesas and Line islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia (Ref. 9821). Records from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf are outside distributional range (Ref. 114545).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Preorbital bone about equal in width to eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob well developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Generally tan or brownish to pale yellow-white. Scales with brownish to yellow margins. The caudal and dorsal fins are blackish with narrow white margins; the anal pectoral and pelvic fins are yellow. Striped when young (Ref. 48635). Body depth 2.3-2.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults inhabit lagoon and semi-protected seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). They prefer sheltered areas with deep holes or large boulders (Ref. 37816). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Solitary or in loose aggregations (Ref. 90102). Juveniles sometimes found in shallow mangrove swamps and the lower parts of freshwater streams. Adults feed at night on fishes, shrimps, crabs, holothurians and cephalopods (Ref. 30573).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning
Country info:  Known from Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Ref. 58652), TaƱon Strait (Ref. 107276), Lanuza Bay (Ref. 104756), Nasugbu, Batangas (Ref. 107853), Davao Gulf, Bongo Island and Paril-Sangay Protected Seascape, Moro Gulf (Ref. 106380), and Bantayan Is. in northern Cebu (Ref. 114734). Also Ref. 48613, 53416.

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 28.09.17
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.03.94

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