Two-spot banded snapper
  • Lutjanus biguttatus
  • English Name: Two-spot banded snapper
  • Local Name: Bodu reendhoomas
  • Size: Max. 20 cm
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  • Specimen : LUTJANIDAE
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 12 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 15 or 16 rays. Body depth 3.5-3.8 in standard length. Body fusiform, very slender. Tongue smooth without teeth. Tooth patch on vomer triangular with a median posterior extension. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Caudal fin truncate.
  • Colour: Upper head and back dark brown. Pair of white spots below dorsal fin. White band from mouth to tail. Elsewhere yellow. Fins pale or yellow.
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits coral reefs at depths between about 5 and 25 m. Sometimes occurs in large schools of more than 100 individuals. Feeds mainly on small fishes and crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Maldives to Western Pacific.
  • Remarks: Like most snappers, Lutjanus biguttatus is a nocturnal species. By day it forms schools, most often in association with large stands of branching Acropora corals. At night the schools disperse to feed on the reef.