Indiansnapper,Madrassnapper
  • Lutjanus madras
  • EnglishName: Indiansnapper,Madrassnapper
  • Local Name : Madharaasee mas
  • Size : Common to 20 cm; max. 30 cm
  • Family: LUTJANIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and usually 13 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 16 or 17 rays. Body depth 2.6-3.1 in standard length. Predorsal scales extending to mid- interorbital level. A blunt flattened spine on upper margin of opercle, above the main centrally located spine. Total gill raker on the first arch 18-21. Caudal fin truncate or slightly emarginate.
  • Colour: Pale with narrow horizontal yellow lines. Head pinkish. Fins yellow, except pale pelvics. Habitat and Biology: Inhabits coral and rocky reefs usually at depths between 5 and 90 m.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Lutjanus madras appears to be rather rare in Maldives. This report is based on a single specimen caught by trap in about 40 m near K. Feydhoofinolhu. It has also been recorded from the Laccadives, but is apparently more commonly associated with continental margins than oceanic islands.