Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Lutjanidae
(Snappers) > Lutjaninae
Etymology: Lutjanus: Malay, ikan lutjan, name of a fish. More on author: Gill.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 60 m (Ref. 9313), usually 5 - 12 m (Ref. 5227). Tropical; 36°N - 17°S, 121°W - 75°W (Ref. 55)
Eastern Pacific: northern Mexico to northern Peru.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 170 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9313); max. published weight: 35.7 kg (Ref. 4699)
soft rays: 8. Snout rounded, preopercular notch and knob moderate or weak. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line, rows occasionally horizontal in juveniles. Scale rows on cheek 5 or 6. Back and side dark olive brown to copper-red, becoming whitish ventrally. Young with 9 dark cross-bars; margin of spinous dorsal and most of anal fin black.
Adults inhabit coastal rocky and coral reefs up to at least 60 m depth (Ref. 9313). Juveniles may be encountered in estuaries with mangroves and mouths of rivers (Ref. 9313). Carnivorous, feed on big invertebrates (such as crabs, prawns and shrimps) and fish (Ref. 9313). Marketed fresh or frozen (Ref. 9313).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 22.4 - 29.1, mean 26.7 (based on 228 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01349 (0.00880 - 0.02067), b=2.95 (2.83 - 3.07), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.72 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (76 of 100) .