Lutjanus fulvus (Forster, 1801)
Lutjanus fulvus (Forster, 1801)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Lutjanus fulvus

English Name: Blacktail snapper

Creole Name:

French Name: Vivaneau queue noire

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 13-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 8.

Dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins rounded. Caudal fin slightly emarginate. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral 

An orange-brown or brownish to pale yellowish or whitish tropical snapper, with a white margin on dark reddish to blackish dorsal and caudal fins, yellow anal, pectoral and 
pelvic fins. Juveniles have yellowish stripes along the body and a black submarginal band on the dorsal fin.


Maturity: Lm 22.5 cm TL. Range unknown. Max Length: 40 cm TL. Common to 25 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coral reefs, lagoons and outer reef slopes (depth 1-75 m, usually 2-40 m), often associated with sheltered areas with deep holes or large boulders. Juveniles 
sometimes found in shallow mangrove swamps and the lower parts of freshwater streams. Feeds at night on fishes, shrimps, crabs, holothurians and cephalopods. Solitary or 
in loose aggregations.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the hand line fishery, but is a very rare component of the catch.





Allen, G.R. (1985). FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6 Snappers of the World. UNFAO Rome 1985.
Bray, D.J. (2018). Lutjanus fulvus in Fishes of Australia, (26/03/19).
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2019). FishBase. (25/03/19).
Russell, B. et al. (2016). Lutjanus fulvus. The IUCN Red List 2016: (25/03/19).


Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Lutjanus fulvus, Blacktail snapper. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 19/07/22).  

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