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  Ruby Snapper (Etelis carbunculus)





Ruby Snapper | Etelis carbunculus photo
Ruby Snapper

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



RUBY SNAPPER FACTS

Description
The Ruby Snapper is a fairly long fish with a forked tail. It is red or reddish pink above, and pinkish to white below. The margins of the dorsal fin and tail are red. The tip of the lower lobe of the tail is white. The Ruby Snapper is a good eating fish and is marketed fresh or frozen.

Size
length to 120cm, but usually seen much smaller

Habitat
Inhabits rocky bottoms. Found on the continental shelf and slope waters in depths from 90m to 400m.

Food
squid, fish, crustaceans.

Range
The Ruby Snapper is found in tropical waters of the Indo-west and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western coast of Western Australia and off the north east coast of Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Lutjanidae
Genus:Etelis
Species:carbunculus
Common Name:Ruby Snapper

Relatives in same Genus
  Flame Snapper (E. coruscans)