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Species: Lutjanus guttatus, Spotted rose snapper

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silver/pink + yellow stripes & black blotch
roof mouth - tooth patch a V, with short rear extension
A 8, rounded

Lutjanus guttatus (Steindachner, 1869)

Spotted rose snapper

Body a moderately deep oval; 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 in a V, with a moderately long pointed rear extension; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 12-13, dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 8; soft dorsal and anal with pointed to angular ends; tail edge ~ straight; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back rising obliquely above lateral line.

Pale crimson or pinkish to yellowish with silvery sheen with narrow golden-green to brownish oblique stripes; a distinctive black spot or smudge on back below middle portion of dorsal fin.

Size: reported to reach 80 cm, common to 40 cm.

Habitat: occurs inshore in sandy bays, also in deeper trawling grounds.

Depth: 0-120 m.

Northern Baja California to the Gulf of California to Peru, Cocos and Malpelo.


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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Freshwater
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 80
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 120