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Species: Lutjanus synagris, Lane Snapper

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grey + yellow stripes; blotch under D mostly above LL
juv: black spot under soft D, pelvic & A yellow, D edge red
D usually 12
spot under soft D: < 1/4 below LL
juv: black spot under soft D, pelvic & A yellow, D edge red; body - 8-9 straight yellow stripes
roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
upper canines much larger
gill rakers 6-7+12-15
A end rounded
LL 47-50

Lutjanus synagris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lane Snapper

Body oblong, compressed; front and rear nostrils simple holes; mouth relatively large, top jaw moderately protrusible, slips under cheek bone for most of its length when mouth is closed; one or more rows of pointed conical teeth on jaws, some forming canines; an anchor shaped patch of teeth with a short rear extension on center of roof of mouth; sides of roof of mouth with 1 pair of tooth patches; 6-7+12-15 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, without a prominent well serrated lower projection; dorsal continuous, often with slight notch behind spiny part, X, 12 (rarely 13); anal III, 8 (sometimes 9), tip of fin rounded; tail edge slightly concave; body, cheek and operculum scaly; snout, below eye and both jaws scale-less; lateral line scales 47-50; membranes of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly.

Silvery pink to red; 6-8 narrow yellow stripes along rear of head and body; oblique yellow stripes on body above the top yellow stripe; a black blotch mainly (>3/4) above lateral line under front of soft dorsal; iris red; fins yellowish to reddish; tail fin with dark rear border. Juveniles: body with 8-9 parallel yellow longitudinal stripes; lateral line passes under the dark spot under the soft dorsal fin; fins yellowish in smallest fish black spot bounded before and behind by white; ; pelvics and anal yellow; outer edge of dorsal red.

Reaches 71 cm; 3.7 kg.

Around reefs and on grass bottoms; juveniles in shallow water.

Depth range: 1-400 m.

N Carolina to SE Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 71
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 400