Etelis coruscans (Valenciennes, 1862)
Etelis coruscans (Valenciennes, 1862)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Etelis coruscans

English Name: Deepwater longtail red snapper/Ruby snapper.

Creole Name: Etelis/Zob laflanm

French Name: Vivaneau flamme

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 8.

Body slender and elongate. Head small, with large eye and short snout. Interorbital space flat. Lower jaw projects slightly. Maxilla covered with small 
scales. Rows of small teeth in upper and lower jaws, teeth in outer series better developed and more widely spaced. A few anterior teeth in upper jaw 
canine-like. Scale rows on back parallel with lateral line. Dorsal and anal fin bases scaleless. Caudal fin deeply forked. Upper caudal lobe becoming 
elongated in large individuals.  The caudal-fin length may be sexually dimorphic. 

Colour. Deep pink to red dorsally and on upper flanks. Pale pink lower flanks and ventrally. Fins pink to red. 


Maturity: Lm 66.3, range 52 - ? cm. Max length : 120 cm TL; common length : 50.0 cm SL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits deep coral and rocky reefs (depth 45-500 m, usually below 200 m). Feeds on fishes and larger invertebrates including squids, shrimps, crabs and 
pelagic organisms. A somehwat slow growing species, taking an estimated 4.5 or more years to reach maturity. The maximum observed age of this species is 
18 years. 

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations.


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