Lutjanus bohar   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Size: 90-91.5 cm.

Weight: 12.5 kg.

Color: In preserved specimens dark reddish-brown, lighter and more or less silvery below. Two large margaritaceous blotches on back, one below 8th dorsal spine, the other below last dorsal soft rays, dis-appearing with age. Scales of body and tail with white spots, forming oblique rows above, and horizontal rows below lateral line. Dorsal, especially distal half of spinous part, dark reddish-brown. Anal more or less reddish-brown, especially in the anterior part of the soft portion of the fin, the first ray of which has a white border. Caudal light brownish, with a more or less distinct dark longitudinal band on the upper and lower lobe, bordered at the outside with a narrow white stripe. Pectorals yellowish, the superior part often darker and more or less violet-brown. Distal part of ventrals dark violet-brown, with the spine and the first ray white.

Snout somewhat pointed. Dorsal profile of head rounded. Preorbital bone relatively broad; its width usually greater than eye diameter. A deep groove or pit runs from the nostrils to the front of the eye. Preopercular notch and knob moderately developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Young and some adults with two silvery-white spots on back. Large adults mostly plain red. Height 2.5-2.8, 3.1-3.4 in length with caudal. head 2.6-2.7, 3.2-3.4 in length with caudal. Eye 3.5-4.3, 1.3-1.5 in snout and somewhat more or less than almost flat inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil. Small teeth in rather narrow bands in the jaws, with an outer series of enlarged ones, those on side of lower jaw and especially two teeth in front part of upper jaw still larger and fang like. Small teeth on vomer in a triangular patch and on palatines in an elongate oval patch. Head naked anteriorly. Scales on occiput beginning behind eye with a distinct oblique band, widely separated in the median line and from the scales behind by a scaleless region. Eight transverse rows of scales on preoperculum. Inferior and posterior preopercular limb naked. Inferior and posterior border of preoperculum finely denticulate. Preopercular notch shallow. Longitudinal rows of scales above lateral line oblique, ascending to dorsal profile, those below parallel to the axis of the body. About 60-66 transverse rows of scales above and 50-53 rows below lateral line. Dorsal spines moderately strong. First spine equal to or less than half length of second, which is shorter than third. Third and fourth spines of equal length, about as long as snout. Soft dorsal rounded, less high than spinous part. First anal spine equal to or less than half length of second, which is generally stronger but not much longer than third and about equal to post orbital part of head. Soft anal slightly rounded, the longest rays somewhat more than second spine. Pectorals about half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals as long as post orbital part of head or one half diameter of eye longer. Ventral spine scarcely longer than snout. Caudal emarginate. Dorsal spines (total): 10-10, Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 8.

Age: 13 years

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sciaena bohar Forsskal, 1775
Lutjanus coatesi Whitley, 1934
Lutianus bohar (Forsskal, 1775)
Diacope quadriguttata Cuvier, 1828
Lutianus bobar (Forsskal, 1775)
Lutjanus bohar Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Lutianus nukuhivae Seale, 1906
Diacope bohar Ruppell, 1828
Mesoprion quadriguttata Bleeker, 1851
Mesoprion bohar Gunther, 1859
Mesoprion bohar Playfair, 1866
Diacope bohar Klunzinger, 1870
Mesoprion bohar Gunther, 1875
Lutjanus bohar Day, 1888
Lutjanus bohar Bleeker, 1877
Mesoprion bohar Klunzinger, 1884
Lutianus bohar Fowler, 1899
Lutianus lepisurus Fowler, 1904
Lutianus bohar Barnard, 1927
Lutjanus bohar Fowler, 1928
Diacope labuan Montrouzier, 1857
Lutjanus rangus (Cuvier, 1828)
Mesoprion rangus Cuvier, 1828
Mesoprion rubens Macleay, 1882
Sciaena bohar Forsskal, 1775
Sparus lepisurus Lacepede, 1802

Common Name (s)
• Red Snapper (English)
• Two Spot Red Snapper (English)
• Rymas
• Pulariam
• Twinspot Snapper (English)
• Two-spot Snapper (English)
• Paruthi Manni
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish, marketed fresh or frozen)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Zoobenthos, fishes, shrimps, crabs, stomatopods, amphipods, gastropods and urochordates


• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Karnataka, Netrani Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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