Two-spot red snapper

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Two-spot red snapper
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Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Lutjanidae
Genus: Lutjanus
Species: L. bohar
Binomial name
Lutjanus bohar
(Forsskål, 1775)
Synonyms
  • Sciaena bohar Forsskål, 1775
  • Lutianus bohar (Forsskål, 1775)
  • Sparus lepisurus Lacépède, 1802
  • Mesoprion rangus G. Cuvier, 1828
  • Lutjanus rangus (G. Cuvier, 1828)
  • Diacope quadriguttata G. Cuvier, 1828
  • Diacope labuan Montrouzier, 1857
  • Mesoprion rubens W. J. Macleay, 1882
  • Lutianus nukuhivae Seale, 1906
  • Lutjanus coatesi Whitley, 1934

The two-spot red snapper, Lutjanus bohar, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean from the African coast to the western Pacific Ocean. It is a coral reef inhabitant, being found at depths from 4 to 180 m (13 to 591 ft), though usually between 10 and 70 m (33 and 230 ft). Adult snappers often form large schools on the outer reefs or above sandy areas, mainly to form spawning aggregations. This species is a commercially important species and is also sought-after as a game fish. It is also known as the red bass, twinspot snapper or Bohar snapper.[1]

Description[edit]

The two-spot red snapper can reach a length of 90 cm (35 in), though most do not exceed 76 cm (30 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 12.5 kg (28 lb). Juveniles and some adults have two white spots on their dorsal fins, while larger adults lose the spots and become mostly red.

It is a long-lived and slow-growing species which reaches maturity at 8-9 years, and the oldest recorded individual is 56.[2] The fish is carnivorous, mostly feeding on other fishes, crustaceans and molluscs.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lutjanus bohar" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Bray, Dianne. "Red Bass, Lutjanus bohar". Fishes of Australia. Retrieved 29 September 2014.