Lutjanus papuensis Allen, White & Erdmann, 2013
Papuan snapper
Lutjanus papuensis
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
Max. size:  25.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 15 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands; observed at Timor Leste.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D X,13; total gill rakers 16; body depth 2.4-2.8 in SL; eye 4.5-4.7 in HL; interorbital 5.5-6.5 in HL; the scale rows above the lateral line rising obliquely toward dorsal profile; predorsal scales extends slightly anterior to level of preopercular margin; weakly developed preopercular notch and interopercular knob; upper surface of tongue with central patch of fine granular teeth; vomer with narrow, crescent-shaped patch of granular teeth, no medial posterior extension; slightly emarginate caudal fin; in life it is reddish to yellow on head, bluish to grey on upper side, grading to yellow-orange below lateral line; bright yellow anal and pelvic fins, presence of a black spot at base of uppermost pectoral-fin rays (Ref. 93093).
Biology:  Found in fringing reefs and generally observed solitarily or in small groups (Ref. 93093).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 05 March 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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