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Species: Pristipomoides zonatus, Oblique-banded snapper

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red + yellow oblique bars
D & A - last ray with filament
C deeply forked

Pristipomoides zonatus (Valenciennes, 1830)

Oblique-banded snapper

Body fusiform, slender; flattened between eyes; jaws about equal, lower slightly projecting; both jaws with bands of fine teeth, outer ones enlarged, but not with large canines; tooth patch at front of roof of mouth V shaped, without rear extention; 12-13 lower gill rakers; dorsal fin continuous, not notched between spiny and soft parts, X, 10-11; anal fin III, 8; last ray of dorsal and anal fins conspicuously longer than preceding rays, usually produced in a filament; pectorals long, about 2/3 head length, 15-17 rays; tail fin forked;  scales relatively small, 60-66 rows on lateral line, those above lateral line parallel to those below; dorsal and anal fins scaleless.

Body red to pink with four oblique yellow bars on side; dorsal and tail fins yellow, other fins pink.

Size: grows to 50 cm.

Habitat: benthic to semipelagic over rocky bottoms.

Depth: 70-300 m; most abundant below 100 m.

Widely distributed in the Indo-central Pacific; known as a vagrant in the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Corals
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 50
Depth Range Min
  • 70
Depth Range Max
  • 300