Slender pinjalo
  • Pinjalo lewisi
  • EnglishName: Slender pinjalo
  • Local Name : Kandu kirulhiyamas
  • Size : Common to 30 cm; max. 50 cm
  • Family: LUTJANIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 12 spines and 13 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8-9 rays. Pectoral fin with 17 rays. Body moderately deep. Dorsal profile of head high; interorbital space strongly convex. Mouth small, the maxilla reaching below front of eye. Pectoral fins long, reaching levels of anus. Scale rows oblique. Caudal fin emarginate.
  • Colour: Pink, silvery below. Pelvic and anal fins pale, pink or white. Sometimes with white spot on upper part of caudal peduncle.
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits reefs and rocky bottoms of depths of about 60 m. Feeds on benthic and planktonic invertebrates and possible on small fishes.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: The confusion between Pinjalo lewisi and the related P. pinjalo was cleared up by Randall, Allen and Anderson, (1987). P. pinjalo is very similar in overall appearance, but has a dorsal with 11 spines and 14- 15 rays, and anal fin with 9-10 (usually 10) rays; it also has yellow pelvic and anal fins. It appears that P. pinjalo occurs more around continental margins, while P. lewisi is more at home near oceanic islands.