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Lutjanus rivulatus  (Cuvier, 1828)

Blubberlip snapper
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Common names: Blubberlip snapper, Blue-spotted sea-perch, Maori bream
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
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Uses: live export: yes;
Comments: Reported from the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Ref. 75154). Occurs also in Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 37816). Museum: LPPL JIF60 (TGT2344). From North West Cape to Darwin (Ref. 5978). Also Ref. 55.
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Country Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
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Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray, J.R. Paxton and G.R. Allen, 2006
National Database:

Common names from other countries

Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

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 50 - 100 m (Ref. 9710).   Tropical; 35°N - 31°S, 31°E - 145°W (Ref. 55)

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Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Tahiti, north to southern Japan, south to Australia.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 37 - ? cm
Max length : 80.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11441); common length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5450); max. published weight: 11.0 kg (Ref. 9710)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occasionally encountered in coral reefs or shallow inshore flats (Ref. 30573). Found singly or in small groups (up to 15 to 20 individuals). Adults on deep coastal slopes; juveniles on shallow algae-reef flats, often near freshwater run-offs (Ref. 48635). Feed on fishes, cephalopods and benthic crustaceans (Ref. 30573). An excellent food fish. In Hong Kong live fish markets (Ref. 27253). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 57178.

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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

  Reports of ciguatera poisoning (Ref. 30298)




Human uses

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

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 22.5 - 28.2, mean 26.5 (based on 353 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01549 (0.00901 - 0.02662), b=3.04 (2.90 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.1   ±0.63 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.22).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.