Macolor niger (Forsskål, 1775)
Black and white snapper
Black & white snapper,  Maya maya,  Admon,  Agba-on,  Aha-an,  Alsis,  Awnan,  Bad-lisan,  Bambangon,  Bangayau,  Black and white seaperch,  Dalangdang,  Dapak,  Gingau,  Gingaw,  Kanulo,  Katambak,  Kuambal,  Labongan,  Langisi,  Managat,  Mandagat,  Matangal,  Maya-maya,  Mayaguno,  Omi,  Parangan,  Pargito,  Puga,  Pulahan,  Sabato,  Saiya,  Sayungasang,  Sidinean,  Tabon
Macolor niger
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
Max. size:  75 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 90 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Samoa, north to central Japan, south to Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Description: Preorbital bone broader than eye diameter. Mouth large, maxilla extending to below anterior half of eye. A deep notch on lower edge of preopercle. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Juveniles with a black bar through eye, black pectoral fins and a black stripe from pectoral region to lower caudal lobe. Larger juveniles with 3 to 6 white spots on back. Adults dark grey to almost black (Ref. 48635). Body depth 2.2-2.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults are found on steep outer walls of lagoon, channel and seaward slopes in large schools (Ref. 9710, 48635). Juveniles are solitary. They feed on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 30573).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Reported from Tubbataha Reefs (Ref. 53416), Lanuza Bay (Ref. 104756), Aliguay, Zamboanga del Norte (Ref. 58652), Malalag Bay and Bongo Island, Moro Gulf (Ref. 106380). Also Ref. 55.

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
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