Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier, 1828)
Checkered snapper
photo by Cook, D.C.

 Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
 Max. size:  35 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 35 m
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: southern India and Sri Lanka to New Guinea, north to the Ryukyu Islands.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Dorsal profile of head moderately sloped. Preorbital bone usually about equal to eye diameter or slightly narrower. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Generally pink to whitish, with a silvery sheen on breast and side of head. Trunk with a `checker-board' pattern on upper half of sides. (Ref. 469). Horizontal stripes brown 5-6. Caudal fin base with large black spot. Body depth max 2.6-3.1 in SL. (Ref. 90102)
 Biology:  Adults inhabit both inshore and offshore coral reefs where they occur singly or in schools. Small juveniles on shallow protected reef flats and are used in the aquarium trade.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.04.13
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.03.94

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