The sailfin snapper is named for its long, threadlike dorsal fins.
  • Size

    19 inches (48 cm)
  • Diet

    Small fishes, bottom-dwelling crustaceans, mollusks
  • Range

  • Habitat

    Sandy areas near coral reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • Common length of 19 inches (48 cm). Maximum length of 23.6 inches (60 cm).
  • 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.
  • Juveniles are grey to silver in color with a wide black stripe running down the side of the body from the head to the tail base with yellow dorsal and anal fins.


Diet / Feeding

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

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 to Rowley Shoals and Western Australia.
  • Found in sandy areas near coral reefs at depths of 16-197 feet (5-60 m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • Oviparous- egg-laying species.
  • Aggregates to spawn along seaward reefs, but are usually seen singly.

Additional Information

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


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