Etelis radiosus Anderson, 1981
Pale snapper
Etelis radiosus
photo by Luchavez, T.F.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Etelinae
Max. size:  80 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 90 - 360 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: body relatively elongate and laterally compressed; nostrils on each side of snout close together; lower jaw protruding and premaxillae protrusible, maxilla extending to vertical near posterior margin of orbit; small conical teeth in jaws, a few anterior ones in each jaw enlarged, sometimes into canine-like teeth; with teeth on palatine and vomer, vomerine tooth patch rounded arch-shaped or chevron-shaped; maxilla with scales, without the longitudinal ridges; interorbital region flattened; gill rakers of first gill arch 11-15 + 20-22 = 32-36 (including rudiments); continuous dorsal fin, with spinous portion deeply incised at its junction with soft portion; last soft ray of both dorsal and anal fins produced, longer than next to last ray; caudal fin lunate, with a notch at the middle of the distal margin of the fin; pectoral fins fairly long, a little shorter than head. pectoral-fin rays 16; membranes of dorsal and anal fins without scales; tubed lateral-line scales 50-51. Colour of body mainly red, lighter on lower sides and belly (Ref. 9821).
Biology:  Adults inhabit rocky bottoms. Feed mainly on fishes. Marketed fresh.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 March 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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