IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: snapper (English), rabirrubia (English), pargo (Espanol)
Lutjanus inermis (Peters, 1869)

Golden snapper,     Pacific rabirrubia

Body elongate; 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 triangular, with a short pointed rear extension; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 13; dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 11; soft dorsal and anal with pointed ends; tail forked; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back rising obliquely above lateral line.

Generally reddish with narrow brown stripes on side, those above lateral line obliquely directed; peduncle and caudal fin yellowish; a white to yellow blotch below base of posteriormost dorsal rays.

Size: grows to at least 35 cm.

Habitat: common on rocky reefs, sometimes forming large diurnal aggregations; juveniles are effective mimics of the damselfish Chromis atrilobata and are often seen swimming with them.

Depth: 0-40 m.

Southern Baja and the mouth of the Gulf of California to northern Peru and Cocos, Malpelo and the northern Galapagos.


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