Species: Lutjanus colorado, Colorado snapper
Lutjanus colorado Jordan & Gilbert, 1882
Body moderately deep; front and rear nostrils simple holes; mouth relatively large and protractile; teeth conical to caniniform, those at front of jaws generally enlarged and fang-like; tooth patch at central roof of mouth crescentic, without rear extension; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 13-14, dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 8; soft dorsal and anal with pointed ends; tail edge ~ straight; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back parallel to lateral line.
Body and fins mostly dark red, pink or whitish on belly; small specimens may have dusky bars on side.
Size: reported to reach 107 cm.
Habitat: occurs on offshore rocky reefs to at least 50 m, young often found inshore, sometimes in shallow estuaries.
Depth: 0-90 m.
Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru; Cocos and Malpelo.
High Resolution Map Download
- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Reef and soft bottom
- Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
- Sand & gravel
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- FishBase Habitat
- Reef Associated
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Bony fishes
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
- No data
- Global Endemism
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- All species
- East Pacific endemic
- Regional Endemism
- TEP endemic
- All species
- Island (s)
- Continent + Island (s)
- Climate Zone
- South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
- Length Max
- Depth Range Min
- Depth Range Max