Lutjanus ehrenbergii (Peters, 1869)
Lutjanus ehrenbergii (Peters, 1869)

Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Lutjanus ehrenbergii

English Name: Blackspot snapper

Creole Name: Ziblo

French Name: Vivaneau encrier

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 13-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 7-9.

Body moderately deep. Dorsal profile of head moderately sloped. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins angular or somewhat rounded. Caudal fin truncate or slightly emarginate.

Colour. Head, nape and dorsally dark brown. Face often with reddish tinge. Flanks and ventrally shading paler to yellowish white to white with a silvery sheen. Often with a series of 4 or 5 narrow yellow stripes on sides below lateral line. A prominent round, black spot on back below posterior part of spinous portion of dorsal fin.


Maturity: Lm 20.1cm FL. Range 12-? cm. Max Length: 35cm TL. Commonly 20cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coral reefs and associated shallow coastal habitats (depth 5-20m).

Juveniles frequent inshore areas over sand, silt, or coral rubble bottoms, occasionally in mangrove-lined streams and estuaries. Feed on small fish and invertebrates. Diet shifting from small prey fishes and crustaceans in juveniles to mostly crustaceans in adults.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the trap fishery, where it is a regular and sometimes numerous component of the catch. It is also occasionally caught in the hand line fishery. 


Allen, G.R. (1985). FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6 Snappers of the World. UNFAO Rome 1985.

Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. 2019. FishBase. (31/03/19).

Russell, B. et al 2016. Lutjanus ehrenbergii. The IUCN Red List 2016: e.T194407A2332631. (31/03/19).


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