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Humpback Red Snapper
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Information
Common Name Paddletail Snapper
Range Red Sea and East Africa to the Society Islands, the Line Islands, southern Japan and Australia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Lutjanus
Species L. gibbus

The Humpback red snapper also known as the Paddletail snapper (Lutjanus gibbus) is a species of fish in the family of Lutjanidae. It is found from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Society Islands, the Line Islands, southern Japan and Australia.

Diet and Habitat

It dwells in coral reefs, feeding off of crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and other invertebrates.

Juveniles occur in seagrass beds, mixed sand, and shallow reefs. Adults often form schools that are stationary or drift slightly during the day.

Lifespan and Behavior

They have been known to live up to ten years old.

Other Information

They are threatened by fishing and harvesting aquatic resources. Many are caught for sport, or for food, as there are lots of red snapper recipes online, suggesting that it is a popular seafood.

Reproduction

They mate during spring and summer off of East Africa. Larger, older specimens will produce more eggs. Eggs float for a day before hatching.

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