Species: Lutjanus jordani, Jordan's snapper, Whipper snapper
Lutjanus jordani (Gilbert, 1898)
Whipper snapper, Jordan's snapper
Body 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 diamond shaped; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 14; dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 9; soft dorsal and anal with rounded ends; tail with straight edge; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back parallel to lateral line.
Greyish or dark olive to reddish with silvery sheen on lower sides; freshly captured specimens often exhibit silvery-white spots on centre of scales forming longitudinal rows, these soon fade and fish becomes mainly dark brown to blackish.
Size: reaches about 61 cm.
Inhabits inshore areas, including shallow mangrove-lined embayments, also occurs on deeper offshore trawling grounds.
Depth: 0-200 m.
Central Baja to northern Peru, including Cocos and the Galapagos and Malpelo.
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- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Reef and soft bottom
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
- Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- FishBase Habitat
- Reef Associated
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Bony fishes
- Egg Type
- No data
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- All species
- East Pacific endemic
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- Regional Endemism
- Continent + Island (s)
- All species
- Island (s)
- TEP endemic
- Climate Zone
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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