Lutjanus stellatus Akazaki, 1983
Star snapper
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Lutjaninae
Max. size:  55 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: southern Japan southward to the vicinity of Hong Kong.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Body is moderately deep, generally brown, slightly purplish, grading to yellowish brown or pale orange on belly. A longitudinal blue stripe runs from the snout to the opercle; a white spot is just above the lateral line below the first soft ray of the dorsal fin.
Biology:  Adults occur in the vicinity of coral and rocky reefs. Usually found solitarily or in small groups. Sold in Hong Kong live fish markets (Ref. 27253).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 27.03.13
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.02.94

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