Lutjanus chrysotaenia   (Bleeker,  1851) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 35.7 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens greenish gray above, silvery below, with about seven darker longitudinal bands, more conspicuous on the back and upper part of sides than lower down. The inter spaces between these bands more or less silvery, especially that running just above axil of pectoral to middle of base of caudal, which forms a more or less distinct silvery band. In old specimens these marking fade. Axil of pectorals dark brown. Fins yellowish or brownish.

Height 2.5-2.9, 2.9-3.5 in length with caudal. Head 2.5-2.6, 2.9-3.3 in length with caudal. Eye 4.5-4.9, 1.1-1.3 in somewhat convex inter orbital space and 1.6-1.7 in snout. Mouth slightly oblique. Maxillary reaching to below middle of eye or nearly so. Narrow bands of small teeth in the jaws, with an outer series of distant canines or caninoids, two of which in the anterior part of the upper jaw are fang-like. A triangular or an arrow-shaped patch of small teeth on the vomer. Narrow bands of similar teeth on the palatines. Anterior part of head naked. Scales beginning above middle of eyes. Temporal region scaly. About 9 to 10 transverse rows of scales on preoperculum, the limb of which is scaleless. Hind and lower-border of preoperculum rather strongly denticulated in half grown specimens, merely rough in old ones. Preopercular notch shallow. Longitudinal rows of scales running obliquely and ascending to dorsal profile above the lateral line, parallel to the axis of the body below it. About 75-80 transverse rows of scales above and about 65-70 below lateral line. First dorsal spine somewhat less than half length of second, which is shorter than third. Fourth spine longer, equal to snout. Following spines decreasing gradually in length to the last. Soft dorsal rounded, the longest rays somewhat longer than longest dorsal spine. First anal spine equal to or less than half length of second. Third spine longest, about at equal distance between posterior nostril and hind margin of eye. Anal rounded, its longest rays about equal to those of dorsal. Pectorals slightly longer than head without snout. Ventrals equal to post orbital part of head and half eye together. Ventral spine equal to or slightly shorter than snout. Caudal slightly emarginate.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mesoprion chrysotaenia Bleeker, 1851
Mesoprion chrysotaenia Gunther, 1859
Lutjanus chrysotaenia Bleeker, 1863
Mesoprion chrysotaenia Kner, 1865
Lutjanus chrysotaenia Bleeker, 1873
Lutjanus chrysotaenia Day, 1888
Lutjanus chrysotaenia Bleeker, 1877
Lutjanus chrysotaenia Fowler, 1931

Common Name (s)
• Golden Banded Snapper (English)
• Tamb (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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