Size19 inches (48 cm)
DietSmall fishes, bottom-dwelling crustaceans, mollusks
HabitatSandy areas near coral reefs
- 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.
- Also known as the “spot tail threadfin snapper.”
- Photo Credit: Dr. Al Dove