Lutjanus monostigmus   (Cuvier,  1828) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 50-60 cm.

Color: Overall yellowish to pinkish-white dusky scale margins, grey or brown on upper back and dorsal portion of head; a black spot (sometimes faint or absent) on back below junction of spinous and soft portions of dorsal fin; lateral line running through middle or lower half of spot; fins yellow.

A large-sized, moderately elongate snapper with an indistinct notch on rear edge of preopercle. Vomerine teeth in a narrow ^ shaped patch without median posterior projection; preorbital space (between eye and maxilla) relatively broad, 5 to 6 times in head length, about equal to width of fleshy interorbital space. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spies and 8 soft rays; caudal fin truncate to emarginate. Lateral line scales 47 to 50; longitudinal scales rows ascending obliquely above lateral line and running horizontally below it; predorsal scales (on top of head) beginning well behind eyes; preopercle with 5 or 6 scale rows, the lower border scaleless.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• One-spot snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed mostly fresh)

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• South INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -

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