Paracaesio sordida Abe & Shinohara, 1962
Dirty ordure snapper
Paracaesio sordida
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Apsilinae
Max. size:  48 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 200 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Marquesas and Pitcairn, north to the Ryukyu Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Description: Eye large; snout short, about equal to, or shorter than eye diameter. Interorbital space convex. Upper and lower jaws about equal. Maxilla without scales. Pectoral fins long, reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Overall dark purplish-brown to bluish; silvery or whitish on lower sides and belly; dorsal and caudal fins brownish to slightly yellowish, the other fins whitish to translucent. Juveniles have a yellow to orange caudal fin (Ref. 48635). Body depth 2.5-2.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults are found over rocky bottoms often in schools. They feed on plankton (Ref. 9710, 48635). Usually marketed fresh.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 05 March 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Also Ref. 53416, 121724.

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