Lutjanus ambiguus (Poey, 1860)
Ambiguous snapper
photo by Cada, L.A.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: currently known only from Cuba and southern Florida, but probably widespread in the Caribbean Sea. Formerly thought to be a possible hybrid of Lutjanus synagris and Ocyurus chrysurus.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Preopercular notch and knob weak. Pectoral fins long, reaching the level of anus. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Back and sides pink to reddish, with a series of oblique narrow yellow stripes; lower sides and belly lighter, with narrow yellow horizontal stripes; fins yellowish to reddish.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 27.04.10
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 18.02.94

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