IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: snapper (English), pargo (Espanol)
Lutjanus jordani (Gilbert, 1898)

Whipper snapper,     Jordan's snapper

Body oval; front and rear nostrils simple holes; mouth relatively large and protractile; teeth conical to caniniform, those at front of jaws generally enlarged and fang-like; tooth patch at central roof of mouth diamond shaped; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 14; dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 9; soft dorsal and anal with rounded ends; tail with straight edge; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back parallel to lateral line.

Greyish or dark olive to reddish with silvery sheen on lower sides; freshly captured specimens often exhibit silvery-white spots on centre of scales forming longitudinal rows, these soon fade and fish becomes mainly dark brown to blackish.

Size: reaches about 61 cm.

Inhabits inshore areas, including shallow mangrove-lined embayments, also occurs on deeper offshore trawling grounds.

Depth: 0-200 m.

Central Baja to northern Peru, including Cocos and the Galapagos and Malpelo.


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