Lutjanus madras (Valenciennes, 1831)
Indian snapper
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 90 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Seychelles and the Laccadive Islands to New Guinea and the Philippines. Often misidentified as Lutjanus lutjanus.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Dorsal profile of head moderately to gently sloped. Preorbital width about equal to 2/3 of eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Upper back brownish; sides whitish with a series of fine yellow lines on lower half of the body, and similar lines running obliquely above the lateral line (Ref. 469). Body depth 2.9-3.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults inhabit coral and rocky reefs (Ref. 55) in coastal areas and outer slopes. Forms large and small aggregations (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 June 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 16.04.13
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 08.02.94

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