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  Flame Snapper (Etelis coruscans)





Flame Snapper | Etelis coruscans photo
Flame Snapper

Image by Robbie N. Cada (former FishBase staff member) - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



FLAME SNAPPER FACTS

Description
The Flame Snapper has a long slender body with deeply forked tail. The head is small with large eyes and snout short. The lower jaw is slightly projecting. As the fish ages, the upper tail lobe elongates. The fish is deep pink to red on the back and sides, fading to pink on the lower sides and belly. The fins are pink to red. The Flame Snapper is a good eating fish, and is marketed fresh and frozen.

Size
length to 120cm

Habitat
inhabits rocky bottoms around reefs. Depth range 90m to 400m

Food
small fish, squid, crustaceans

Range
The Flame Snapper is found in the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found off the northern coast and on the east from Queensland to New South Wales. Also found off Lord Howe Island.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Lutjanidae
Genus:Etelis
Species:coruscans
Common Name:Flame Snapper

Relatives in same Genus
  Ruby Snapper (E. carbunculus)