Lutjanus vaigiensis [Status Unaccepted]   (Quoy and Gaimard,  1824) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 48.8 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens brownish or oliver above, silvery below, the scales of the side each with a silvery spot, which form indistinct longitudinal bands, sometimes each alternate row of scales has large confluent light spots, forming about five silvery longitudinal bands below lateral line. Base of dorsal light yellowish, blackish towards the margin, which is bordered by a narrow white line. Caudal blackish or dark-violet or brown, bordered by white, the median rays often darker than the rest of the fin. Anal, pectorals and ventrals yellowish.

Height 2.2-2.6, 2.8-3.3 in length with caudal. Head 2.1-2.6, 3-3.8 in length with caudal. Eye 3.5-4.6, 1.1-1.7 in snout and equal to or more than (in small specimens) rather convex inter orbital space. Mouth scarcely oblique. Maxillary reaching about to below front border of pupil. Narrow bands of teeth in the jaws, with an outer series of enlarged ones, some of which are canines. Small teeth on vomer in a narrow bent band, forming an obtuse angle. Similar teeth in an elongate narrow band on palatines. Temporal region naked, sometimes with a few scales. Scales beginning on occiput with a more or less distinct band. Six transverse rows of scales on preoperculum. Inferior and posterior preopercular limb naked. Hind border of preoperculum denticulate, in young specimens with a strong spine at angle. Preopercular notch well developed, except in young specimens. Longitudinal rows of scales above lateral line oblique, ascending to dorsal profile, those below lateral line parallel to axis of body. About 54-59 transverse rows of scales above, and about 44-47 rows below lateral line. Dorsal spine moderately strong. First spine somewhat more than half length of second, which is shorter than third one. Fourth longest, but not much longer and less than or equal to post orbital part of head. Soft dorsal rounded, about of equal height or somewhat lower than spinous part. First anal spine less than half length of second, which is an strong but somewhat longer than third and not much shorter than third dorsal spine. soft anal somewhat rounded, its rays longer than spines. Pectorals about half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals equal to head without snout or half diameter of eye shorter. Ventral spine equal to post orbital part of head. Caudal emarginate.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Diacope vaigiensis Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Diacope marginata Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1828
Diacope xanthopus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1829
Diacope axillaris Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Diacope calveti Temminck and Schlegel, 1843
Mesoprion gaimardi Bleeker, 1859
Genyoroge marginata Gunther, 1859
Lutjanus marginatus Bleeker, 1863
Mesoprion marginatus Gunther, 1875
Lutjanus marginatus Day, 1888
Lutjanus flavipes Bleeker, 1877
Lutjanus malabaricus Bleeker, 1878
Mesoprion rubens Macleay, 1882
Mesoprion marginipinnis Macleay, 1883
Lutjanus marginatus Steindachner and Doderlein, 1883
Mesoprion mahagoni Meyer, 1885
Diacope marginata Sauvage, 1891
Genyoroge (marginata) M. Weber, 1895
Genyoroge marginata Fowler, 1899
Lutjanus marginatus Steindachner, 1901
Lutjanus marginatus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Lutjanus marginatoides Kendall and Goldborough, 1911
Lutjanus vaigiensis Jordan and Thompson, 1911
Lutjanus vaigiensis Jordan, Tanaka and Snyder, 1913
Lutjanus marginatus M. Weber, 1913
Lutjanus waigiensis Barnard, 1927
Lutjanus marginatus Fowler and Bean, 1927
Lutjanus marginatus Fowler, 1928
Lutjanus vaigiensis Fowler, 1931

Common Name (s)
• Waigeu Snapper (English)
• Sungarah (Tamil)
• Tamb (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Kerala, Off Calicut INDIA (Record: 1948-1953) (Depth: 3.65-14.63 mts)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Venkataraman, G (1960) Studies on the food and feeding relationships of the inshore fishes off Calicut on the Malabar coast Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 7 (2) 275-306 Available at -
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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