Blackspot snapper
(Lutjanus ehrenbergii)


Species: Lutjanus ehrenbergii

General data

Scientific names: Blackspot snapper
Habitat: Saltwater
Climates: Tropical, Subtropical
Distribution: Pacific Ocean, Indian ocean

Lutjanus ehrenbergii is known as Blackspot snapper and Black-spot snapper.

L. ehrenbergii is widely distributed in the Indo-West Pacific at depths ranging from 5 to 20 m. This reef-associated species inhabits very shallow coastal habitats, often in large schools near freshwater run-offs. Adults inhabit coral reefs, while juveniles frequent inshore areas over sand, silt or coral rubble bottoms, occasionally in mangrove-lined streams and estuaries.

This species may enter freshwater areas to consume small fish and invertebrates.

This species reaches sexual maturity at approximately 2 years of age and reaches a maximum age of at least 11 years.

Growth trajectories are significantly different between sexes for L. ehrenbergii with females achieving a larger asymptotic size than males. Max size is up to 35 cm TL:

This species is a component of fisheries to varying degrees throughout its range. It is highly sought after in some areas, such as the Persian Gulf, and is commonly seen in subsistence fisheries and markets through other parts of its range.

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