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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager 

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific, from the Ryukyu Islands to New Caledonia and the Great Barrier Reef and west to Rowley Shoals and Western Australia.  
  • Found in sandy areas near coral reefs at depths of 16-197 feet (5-60 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Deep body with long dorsal and anal fins.
  • Coloration is yellow with blue stripes along the sides, a large, dark spot on the base of the tail and two orange bars running vertically over the eyes and behind the head.
  • Juvenile is grey to silver in color with a wide black stripe running down the side of the body from head to the tail base and yellow dorsal and anal fins.
  • Common length of 19.7 inches (50.0 cm). Maximum length of 23.6 inches (60.0 cm).

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of small fishes and bottom-dwelling crustaceans and mollusks. 

Reproduction / Growth

  • Aggregates to spawn along seaward reefs, but usually seen singly.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also known as the “spot tail threadfin snapper.”


Photo Credit: Dr. Al Dove