The sailfin snapper occurs in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific and is also known as the “spot tail threadfin snapper.” Long, threadlike dorsal fins give this fish its name.
  • Size

    19.7 inches (50.0 cm)
  • Diet

    Small fishes and bottom-dwelling crustaceans and mollusks
  • Range

    Tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific
  • Habitat

    Sandy areas near coral reefs

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Common length of 19.7 inches (50.0 cm). Maximum length of 23.6 inches (60.0 cm).

Body Composition

  • Deep body with long dorsal and anal fins.

Color

  • 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.

 

Animal Fact

The sailfin snapper’s diet consists of small fishes and bottom-dwelling crustaceans and mollusks.

Diet / Feeding

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

Range / Habitat

Range

  • 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.

Habitat

  • Found in sandy areas near coral reefs at depths of 16-197 feet (5-60 m).

Reproduction & Growth

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

Additional Information

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

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