Checkered Snapper

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The Checkered Snapper (Lutjanus decussates) is a tropical fish species that is a member of the ‘Tropical Snappers’ family Lutjanidae. It can be found occurring in the warm tropical waters of the Indo-Asian Pacific region and can be found from India to Western Papua New Guinea and north to south-west Japan. The body is coloured white with 6 brown stripes extending horizontally along the body and 6-7 dark bars extending vertically across the upper body forming a checkered/netted pattern. There is a large black spot at the base of the tail fin. This species can be found in small groups and is also solitary. It can be found living on coral reefs, in lagoons and on rocky outer slopes from depths of 5 to 35 metres. The Checkered Snapper (Lutjanus decussates) grows to a maximum length of approximately 30cm.

Family: Lutjanidae

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