Lutjanus russellii   Bleeker,  1849 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Cook, D.C.

Size: 50.0 cm TL

Color: Generally body is whitish or pink with silvery sheen, frequently brownish on the upper part of the head and back. A black spot which is sometimes faint, is on the lateral line below the anterior portions of the soft dorsal fin .

Dorsal profile of head steeply to moderately sloped. Preorbital width about equal to, or slightly less than eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Dorsal spines (total): 10, Dorsal soft rays (total): 14, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 8.

Dioecious with external fertilization

Synonym (s)
Lutianus nishikawae Smith & Pope, 1906
Lutianus orientalis Seale, 1910
Lutianus russelli (Bleeker, 1849)
Lutjanus russelli (Bleeker, 1849)
Mesoprion russellii Bleeker, 1849

Common Name (s)
• Russel Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Cultured:  Yes

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates and fishes


• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • AlGhais, SM (1997) Species variation and some properties of renal glutathione S-transferase of fish from Arabian Gulf Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 59(6) 976-983
  • Tongnunui, P; Ikejima, K; Yamane, T; Horinouch, M; Medej, T; Sano, M; Kurokura, H and Taniuchi, T (2002) Fish fauna of the Sikao Creek mangrove estuary,Trang, Thailand Fisheries Science 68 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp 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 -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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