SNAPPERS - LUTJANIDAE
To about 1 m maximum length. Most species are predators of crustaceans and fishes, several are planktivores.
Generally demersal, down to depths of about 450 m.
Valued as food fish but sometimes a cause of ciguatera.
Dorsal fin continuous or slightly notched. Spines in dorsal fin 10-12; soft rays 10-17. Three spines in anal fin; soft rays 7-11. Pelvic fins originating just behind pectoral base. Mouth moderate to large; terminal. Jaws bearing enlarged canine teeth. Palatine teeth small. Vomer usually with small teeth. Maxilla covered by preorbital with the mouth closed. Branchiostegal rays 7. Vertebrae 24 (10 + 14).
Malay, ikan lutjan, name of a fish