Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13-14 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 16-17 rays. Body depth 2.2-2.5 in standard length. Body oblong and well compressed. Dorsal profile strongly convex. Longitudinal rows of scales above lateral line appear to rise obliquely upward to dorsal profile; rows below also apparently running obliquely upward. Soft parts of dorsal and anal fins with scaly sheath. Caudal fin deeply forked; lobes rounded.
Colour: Body deep red. Caudal fin dark purple. Margins of soft dorsal and anal fins white.
Habitat and Biology: Inhabits coral reefs at depths from 6 to at least 30 m. Sometimes forming large aggregations, during day. Feeds on fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
Remarks: Lutjanus gibbus is one of the most common Maldivian snappers. During the day immense schools carpet the reef. At night large numbers can be caught by handlining fishermen.