Benga lsnapper
  • Lutjanus bengalensis
  • EnglishName: Benga lsnapper
  • Family: LUTJANIDAE
  • Local Name : Reendhoomas
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Size : Usually less than 20 cm; max. 30 cm
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11-12 spines and 12-14 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 16-17 rays. Body depth 2.5-2.9 in standard length. Body robust and compressed. 17-19 gill rakers including rudiments on first lower gill arch. Longitudinal scale rows ascending obliquely above lateral line, but running horizontally below it. Caudal fin slightly forked.
  • Colour: Body generally yellow with four bluish longitudinal stripes on sides. Whitish below the lines. Fins yellowish to white.
  • Habitat and Biology: Occurs at depths between 5-25 m, often forming small aggregations around rocky outcrops and coral heads in sheltered lagoons. Feeds mainly on fishes and crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Lutjanus bengalensis is very similar in appearance to Lutjanus kasmira. L. bengalensis is normally seen by divers as schools of small, white bellied fish on coral bommies in deep lagoons. L. kasmira is normally seen in schools of medium sized, pale yellow-bellied fish on coral reefs.