Lutjanus erythropterus   Bloch,  1790 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 81.6 cm FL

Color: Crimson-red

Deep-bodied. Dorsal profile of head sloped. Length of upper jaw smaller than distance bet. base of last dorsal and anal rays. Preorbital bone usually narrower than eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Juveniles with an oblique band extending from mouth to beginning of dorsal fin and a black spot at the caudal peduncle. Dorsal spines (total): 11-11, Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 8-9.

Age: 8 years

Synonym (s)
Genyoroge macleayana Ramsay, 1883
Lutianus erythropterus Bloch, 1790
Lutjanus altifrontalis Chan, 1970
Lutjanus annularis (Cuvier, 1828)
Lutjanus chirtah (Cuvier, 1828)
Lutjanus erytropterus Bloch, 1790
Lutjanus longmani Whitley, 1937
Mesoprion annularis Cuvier, 1828
Mesoprion chirtah Cuvier, 1828
Mesoprion rubellus Cuvier, 1828

Common Name (s)
• Crimson Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen)
Cultured:  Yes

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Feed on molluscs, crustaceans and fishes


• Gulf of Aden
• Red Sea
• Gulf of Oman
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Tun, MT (2001) Marine fishes of Myanmar (pelagic and demersal) U Than Tun, Director-General, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Myanmar 276 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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