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Sailfin Snapper

Symphorichthys spilurus
Conservation status :

Not evaluated

  • Group
  • Size
    50 centimetres
  • Distribution area

    This fish lives in the West Pacific, ranging from Southern Japan to New Caledonia.

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Ce poisson de la famille des lutjans, se rencontre au-dessus des zones sablonneuses près des récifs coralliens.

This member of the snapper family can be found over sandy areas nearby coral reefs. It is characterized by the long tendrils that decorate its dorsal and anal fins and that shorten with age.


It feeds on fish, molluscs and crustaceans.

This rather solitary species only gathers together to spawn.

The eggs are laid in the open water, usually near fields of eelgrass, a flowering marine plant.

Like most snappers, young sailfins have a different appearance from the adults. A black stripe running laterally along its body fades with adulthood, replaced by a series of blue lines.

« Snappers, a family with more than 250 species, are among the most important tropical fish in economic terms: many of them are edible, and their flesh is highly prized. »

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