Lutjanus decussatus   (Cuvier,  1828) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 35 cm.

Color: Silvery with 5 broad black longitudinal bands across body from head to caudal peduncle, the 3rd band extending forward through eye to end of snout, the 5th band extending forward through pectoral fin base to upper jaw; 6 or 7 narrower transverse bands from dorsal profile onward, not quite meeting the 3rd longitudinal band. Large black blotch on caudal fin base. Fins yellowish; dorsal and caudal fins more or less dusky.

Dorsal profile of head moderately sloped. Preorbital bone usually about equal to eye diameter or slightly narrower. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Trunk with a "checker-board' pattern on upper half of sides. Height 2.6-2.8, 3.4-3.6 in length with caudal. Head 2.5-2.7, 3.2-3.4 in length with caudal. Eye 4.1-4.8, 1.8 in snout and more than very slightly convex inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Small teeth in narrow bands in the jaws, with an outer series of enlarged ones, the anterior ones of which in the upper jaw are canines. Small teeth on vomer in a bent band in the form of an angle, on palatines in a narrow band. Head naked anteriorly. Scales beginning on occiput above hind border of eye with a distinct supra temporal band. Seven transverse rows of scales on preoperculum. Posterior and inferior preopercular limb scaleless. Hind border and lower border of preoperculum rugose, almost smooth in old specimens. Preopercular notch very shallow. Longitudinal rows of scales above lateral line oblique, ascending to dorsal profile, parallel to axis of body below it. 53-57 transverse rows of scales above, and 47-52 rows below lateral line. Dorsal spines slender. First spine about half as long as second, which is shorter than third. Third to fifth spines longest, sub equal, about as long as post orbital part of head. soft dorsal rounded, about as high as spinous part. First anal spine shorter than second, which is stronger and longer than third and about as long as snout. Soft anal somewhat rounded, deeper than spinous part. Pectorals about one half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals equal to postorbital part of head and half eye together, ventral spine equal to or somewhat shorter than snout. Caudal slightly emarginate. Dorsal spines (total): 10-10, Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 8-9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mesoprion decussatus Cuvier, 1828
Mesoprion decussatus Bleker, 1849
Serranus decussatus Bleeker, 1859
Mesoprion decussatus Gunther, 1859
Mesoprion decussatus Kner, 1865
Mesoprion therapon Day, 1867
Lutjanus decussatus Day, 1888
Lutjanus decussatus Bleeker, 1877
Lutjanus decussatus Jordan and Seale, 1907
Lutianus decussatus (Cuvier, 1828)
Lutjanus decussatus Fowler and Bean, 1922
Lutjanus decussatus Fowler, 1931
Lutianus decussatus Day, 1875
Lutjanus decussatus Day, 1889
Lutjanus dessucatus (Cuvier, 1828)

Common Name (s)
• Checkered Snapper (English)
• Crossbanded Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Zoobenthos


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore Coast INDIA (Record: 12/2008)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

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