Lutjanus synagris

Lutjanus synagris
Lane Snapper – Lutjanus synagris
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LutjanidaeLutjanus synagris(Linnaeus)1758Lane Snapper

Note: All Lutjanus — Soft dorsal and anal fins with scales. Dorsal fin with 10 or 12, rarely, 9, 11, or 13 spines, and 11-14, rarely 10 or 15, soft rays. Ectopterygoid teeth absent. Gill rakers, excluding rudiments, 16 or fewer, rarely 17, on lower limb of first gill arch. Caudal fin truncate, or nearly so, to moderately forked, lobes of fin not elongated.

Lutjanus synagris

Unique Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and usually 12 (rarely 11 or 13) soft rays. A dark spot below anterior part of soft dorsal fin, usually persisting throughout life, occasionally absent. Less than 1/4 to none of dark lateral spot extending below lateral line in specimens larger than about 6 cm standard length. Angle of preopercle without prominent posterior projection. Gill rakers on first arch 6 or 7 on upper limb and 13 or 14 on lower limb, rarely 12 or 15 on lower limb.

Similar Species: Mahogany Snapper Lutjanus mahogoni. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and usually 12 (rarely 11 or 13) soft rays. A dark spot below anterior part of soft dorsal fin, usually persisting throughout life About 1/4-1/2 of dark lateral spot extending below lateral line. Angle of preopercle with prominent, well-serrated posterior projection. Gill rakers on first arch 7 or 8 on upper limb and 15-17 on lower limb.

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