Malabar blood snapper


Usually occurs singly. Juveniles are found in mangroves. Maximum reported age is 31 years old. Mainly feeds on fishes, and sometimes feeds on benthic invertebrates.


  • Body red to orange. Ventrally paler.
  • Fins reddish.
  • Body colour similar to in adults.
  • A dark oblique bar begins from upper lip, crosses through eye and reaches anterior part of dorsal fin.
  • A black blotch with white border on caudal peduncle.
  • Some individuals may have horizontal narrow red lines along the body.

Common Name: Malabar blood snapper, Red snapper

Family Common Name: Snappers

Scientific Name: Lutjanus malabaricus___(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Genus: Lutjanus

Maximum Length: 100 cm (Total Length)