Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Lutjanidae
(Snappers) > Lutjaninae
Etymology: Lutjanus: Malay, ikan lutjan, name of a fish. More on author: Bleeker.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated. Tropical; 13°N - 20°S, 21°W - 17°E (Ref. 55)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 139 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55); max. published weight: 60.0 kg (Ref. 40637)
soft rays: 8. Maxilla extending nearly to mid-eye level. Preopercular notch and knob weak. Pectoral fins of adults not reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Reddish brown to slightly orange on back and upper sides, grading to whitish on lower sides and belly. Tips of pelvic fins very dark. Juveniles with a series of about 6 to 8 vertical rows of small white spots or narrow bars on side.
Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola, including Cape Verde (Ref. 10795).
Adults inhabit rocky bottoms and coral reefs. They are also common in brackish lagoons and found in rivers, particularly juveniles. Marketed fresh.
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. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01905 (0.01176 - 0.03088), b=3.01 (2.87 - 3.15), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.66 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100) .