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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits rocky bottoms and coral reefs. It is also common in brackish lagoons and found in rivers, particularly the juveniles. Marketed fresh.
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Distribution

Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola, including Cape Verde (Ref. 10795).
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Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola, Cape Verde Islands.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 14; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 8
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Size

Maximum size: 750 mm TL
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Max. size

139 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637)); max. published weight: 60.0 kg (Ref. 40637)
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Diagnostic Description

Maxilla extending nearly to mid-eye level. Preopercular notch and knob weak. Pectoral fins of adults not reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Reddish brown to slightly orange on back and upper sides, grading to whitish on lower sides and belly. Tips of pelvic fins very dark. Juveniles with a series of about 6 to 8 vertical rows of small white spots or narrow bars on side.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; brackish; marine
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 31 - 31
  Temperature range (°C): 25.950 - 25.950
  Nitrate (umol/L): 5.867 - 5.867
  Salinity (PPS): 35.176 - 35.176
  Oxygen (ml/l): 3.895 - 3.895
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.133 - 0.133
  Silicate (umol/l): 2.592 - 2.592
 
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Trophic Strategy

Active predators particularly in the evening, in small groups or individuals (Ref. 37413).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; price category: high; price reliability: questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this genus
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Wikipedia

African red snapper

The African red snapper, Lutjanus agennes, is a species of snapper native to the coastal Atlantic waters of Africa from Senegal to Angola. They inhabit coral reefs and areas with rocky substrates and are also known to enter brackish waters of lagoons and rivers. This species can reach 139 cm (55 in) in total length, though most only reach 50 cm (20 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 60 kg (130 lb). It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries, but is sought-after as a game fish.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lutjanus agennes" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
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