Black and white snapper
|Black and white snapper|
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Macolor niger, the black and white snapper, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. It is an inhabitant of reefs, occurring in large schools along steeply sloping substrates at depths of from 2 to 90 metres (6.6 to 295.3 ft).
The black and white snapper can reach a maximum length of 75 centimetres (30 in) TL though most do not exceed 35 centimetres (14 in). Its fins and eyes are black and its body varies in color from light grey to black depending on age. Juveniles are typically striped, changing in complete black when adult.
The black and white snapper are solitary when juvenile, but form large schools as adults. They feed on crustaceans and small fishes. It is sometimes confused with its congener, the midnight snapper, (M macularis).
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