Lutjanus fulvus   (Forster,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman

Size: 35-50 cm.

Color: Body is uniform yellowish red, with a dark spot in pectoral axil. Scales with brownish to yellow margins. The caudal and dorsal fins are blackish with narrow white margins; the anal pectoral and pelvic fins are yellow. A black mark across middle of first third of anal fin. Striped when young.

Medium sized, robust snapper with preopercular notch; posterior margin of preoperculum serrated. Dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Narrow band of small teeth in jaws, with an outer series of canine like curved teeth; villiform teeth in narrow A-shaped patch on vomer. Preorbital bone about equal in width to eye diameter. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 14 soft rays, the spines rather strong. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays. Caudal fin emarginate. Scales on head beginning above middle of eyes or nearly so; temporal region scaly. Longitudinal rows of scales above lateral line appear to rise obliquely to dorsal profile, those below run horizontally.

Dioecious with external fertilization.

Synonym (s)
Holocentrus fulvus Schneider, 1801
Lutianus fulvus Day, 1875
Lutjanus fulvus Day, 1889

Common Name (s)
• Blacktail Snapper (English)
• Flame Coloured Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish, aquarium, ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Nekton- Mainly fish


• Red Sea
• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman Sea INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Karnataka, Netrani Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore (Lat: 11.7) (Long: 79.76) INDIA (Record: 01/2004-12/2004)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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