Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Lutjanidae
(Snappers) > Etelinae
Etymology: Etelis: Greek, etelis, -idos = a fish, perhaps the fish Sparus aurata (Ref. 45335). More on author: Valenciennes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 45 - 400 m (Ref. 9821), usually 90 - 400 m (Ref. 9821). Deep-water; 38°N - 32°S, 29°E - 139°W
Indo-Pacific: East Africa eastward to the Hawaiian Islands, north to Sea of Japan, south to Australia (Queensland and New South Wales) and Lord Howe Island; off Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand (Ref. 9821). Reported from the Marquesas (Ref. 114223). The name Etelis carbunculus has been misapplied to this species by some previous authors.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 66.3, range 52 - ? cm
Max length : 120 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5484); common length : 50.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9821)
soft rays: 8. Interorbital space flat. Maxilla covered with scales. Dorsal and anal fin bases without scales. Upper caudal lobe becoming greatly elongated with increased growth. Scale rows on back parallel with lateral line. Back and upper sides deep pink to red; lower sides and belly pink; fins pink to red.
Adults inhabit rocky bottoms (Ref. 30573) of the continental shelf and continental slope (Ref. 75154). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feed on small fishes, squids and crustaceans (Ref. 30573). Considered an important food fish in some areas. Marketed fresh and frozen (Ref. 9987). Highly valued for the quality of its flesh (Ref. 11888). Mnimum depth from Ref. 089972.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6. Snappers of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(6):208 p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 55)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: highly commercial; gamefish: yes; bait: occasionally
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 9.9 - 24.8, mean 17 (based on 829 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01622 (0.01314 - 0.02001), b=2.95 (2.89 - 3.01), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.4 ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.12; tmax=20).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .