Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    macularis
    Genus
    Macolor
    Family
    Lutjanidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to 55 cm in length.

Introduction

The Midnight Snapper is a tropical species that has a yellowish-brown head with blue spots and lines.

Identification

The Midnight Snapper is a stout bodied fish that can be recognised by its colouration. It has a yellowish-brown head with blue spots and lines. The iris is usually yellow. Juveniles are black and white. The spinous and soft portions of the dorsal fin are deeply divided and they have very long slender pelvic fins.

Distribution

The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Ozcam map of Midnight Snapper specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=macolor%20macularis&zoom=off#mapView

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.