Humpback red snapper

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Humpback red snapper
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Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Neopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
Superorder: Acanthopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Family: Lutjanidae
Genus: Lutjanus
Species: L. gibbus
Binomial name
Lutjanus gibbus
(Forsskål, 1775)

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The humpback red snapper or paddletail snapper, Lutjanus gibbus, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean from the coast of Africa and the Red Sea to the western Pacific Ocean. It is mostly an inhabitant of coral reefs at depths of from 1 to 150 m (3.3 to 492.1 ft), with the juveniles being found in beds of seagrass or on sheltered coral reefs and subadults and adults found on sloping substrates. This species can reach a length of 50 cm (20 in). It is a commercially important species, as well as being sought after as a game fish. It is also a popular species for display in public aquaria. It has been reported to cause ciguatera poisoning.[1]


This species has been described under several names that are now agreed to as junior synonyms:

  • Sciaena gibba Forsskål, 1775
  • Diacope lineata Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
  • Diacope borensis G. Cuvier, 1828
  • Diacope coccinea G. Cuvier, 1828
  • Lutjanus coccineus (G. Cuvier, 1828)
  • Diacope striata G. Cuvier, 1828
  • Diacope rosea Valenciennes, 1830
  • Diacope axillaris Valenciennes, 1830
  • Diacope tiea Lesson, 1831
  • Diacope melanura Rüppell, 1838
  • Mesoprion janthinurus Bleeker, 1854
  • Genyoroge bidens W. J. Macleay, 1882
  • Lutianus tahitiensis Seale, 1906
  • Anthias heraldi L. P. Schultz, 1953
  • Lutjanus comoriensis Fourmanoir, 1957


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lutjanus gibbus" in FishBase. December 2013 version.