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Snapper - Crimson

Snapper - Crimson
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Also known as:

Small-mouth nannygai

Crimson seaperch

High-brow sea-perch

Longman's Sea Perch

Small-mouth sea-perch

Common Group Name:

Tropical Snappers

Family Name:

Lutjanidae

Genus Name:

Lutjanus

Species Name:

Lutjanus erythropterus


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of crimson snapper can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Uniform pink/red colouration with darker fins. This species has a relatively small mouth compared to other deepwater tropical snappers.
  • Aging data suggest this species may be slow growing and long lived, 50 cm fish can be up to 40 years old.
  • Crimson snapper forage mostly at night.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species occurs throughout the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Gulf of Oman throughout Southeast Asia, north to southern Japan, and south to northern Australia.
  • Adults inhabit deep offshore reefs, over rubble, corals, hard or sandy mud substrates.

Fish Size Common Length:

40-50 cm, maximum size around 80 cm and 6 kg.