Lutjanus fulviflammus   Forsskal,  1775 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 35 cm TL

Color: The back and upper sides of the fish are yellow to yellowish green while the lower sides are silvery pink. A series of 6-7 longitudinal yellow or golden stripes occur on the sides. A prominent black spot is found at the level of the lateral line below the base of the anterior soft part of the dorsal fin. The fins are yellowish.

It has an elongate, slender, moderately deep body. Head profile convex and interorbital space broad and flat; a slight preopercular notch and an indistinct interopercular knob; vertical and horizontal preopercular edges finely serrated. Teeth small, in narrow bands in jaws, with an outer series of distinct caninoids, anterior teeth in upper jaw and sides of lower jaw larger and fang-like; small teeth on vomer and palatines, the vomerine teeth in an arrowhead-shaped patch with a long prolongation posteriorly. The body is covered with small ctenoid scales with those along the distinct lateral line arranged in 40-50 series. Scales on the head begin behind the eyes. The fins are well developed and include a dorsal fin with 10 spines and 12-13 soft rays, an anal fin with 3 spines plus 7 or 8 soft rays, an almost truncate to slightly emarginate caudal fin, pelvic fins with 1 spine and 5 rays each and long pectoral fins reaching close to the margin of the anal fin.

Synonym (s)
Sciaena fulviflamma Forsskal, 1775
Lutianus fulviflamma Day (partim), 1875
Lutjanus fulviflamma Day, 1889

Common Name (s)
• Dory Snapper (English)
• Spotsnapper (English)
• Blackspot Snapper (English)
• Luggambanda
• Chutton
• Chuttonmetti
• Back-spot Snapper
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Estuarine, Rocky, Muddy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Isopods, crabs, mantis shrimps, mysids


• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore (Lat: 11.7) (Long: 79.76) INDIA (Record: 01/2004-12/2004)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Goswami, BCB (1992) Marine fauna of Digha coast of West Bengal, India Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 34 115-137 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Khan, SA; Ramesh, S and Lyla, PS (2008) Diversity of coral reef fishes in cuddalore waters, south-east coast of India Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 55(3) 221-226 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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