About This Fish

White Snapper

The white snapper (Pristipomoides typus) is also known as Sharptooth snapper, Goldband snapper, Threadfin snapper, Sharptooth jobfish, Sharptoothed bass. It is a ray finned fish which belongs to the family Luthjanidae under order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is distributed in Andaman Sea, New Guinea to Sumatra, north to the Ryukyu Islands, Australia from the North West Shelf to Tweed Heads in New South Wales. T

he white snapper is deepwater fish which inhabits tropical and sub-tropical waters. It is schooling fish and lives in areas of hard, rocky and uneven sea floor and steep off islands. Body is elongated and robust with superior mouth. Body and fins are rosy red. The top of the head has longitudinal vermiculated lines and brownish yellow spots. Dorsal head profile is clearly convex with large eyes. Dorsal fin is long with 10 spines and 11-12 soft rays while anal fin contains 8 spines and 8 soft rays. Inter-orbital space is flat. Bases of dorsal and anal fins are scale less and their last soft rays extended into short filaments. Pectoral fin is long, reaching level of anus with 16 rays. Body is covered with moderate sized scales. Lateral line is complete which runs from margin of operculum to the base of the caudal fin and about 48-52 scales are present along the lateral line. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Caudal fin is deeply forked. The dorsal fin has wavy yellow lines. It feeds on benthic invertebrates and fishes. It reaches sexual maturity at 28 cm in length. It grows up to 70 cm in length and 2.2 kg in weight. It can live up to 11 years.

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