- Photo. (c) 2019 John Nevill.
Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 13-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 8.
Moderately deep-bodied snapper. Dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins rounded. Caudal fin truncate or slightly emarginate. Generally yellow with a bronze to silvery sheen, grading to silvery-white on belly and underside of head. Each scale with an orange-brown spot. These spots align to give the appearance of horizontal lines on the body. A round black blotch on flank, mainly above lateral line, below anterior soft dorsal rays. Blotch may be absent in large adults.
Maturity: Lm unknown. Range: 39-?cm. Max Length: 97cm TL. Commonly 50cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Adults frequent coral reef areas and sandy substrates, and juveniles are found in mangrove swamps and estuaries (depth 1-80m). Feeds on fishes and benthic invertebrates including shrimps, crabs and cephalopods.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap and hand line fisheries, but is an uncommon component of the catch. Its actual abundance is hard to assess as it will typically be misidentified as L. monostigma.
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