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Species: Lutjanus jordani, Jordan's snapper, Whipper snapper

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grey to red
above LL: scale rows parallel to LL
roof mouth - tooth patch diamond shaped
A: rounded, 9

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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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • 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)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 61
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 200