A Field Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore
Contents

Fish index (by name)
Fish families (by picture)
Glossary
Parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Jeffrey K Y Low
 
malabar blood snapper (lutjanus malabaricus): whole fish, side view
17 cm, standard length
fishmarket
photo: Kelvin K P Lim
Malabar Blood Snapper
Lutjanus malabaricus (Schneider)
Lutjanidae


Scales on back in oblique rows above lateral line, upper jaw length equals height of caudal peduncle between bases of last dorsal and anal rays, adults uniformly
red or pink, juveniles with black band on head and at caudal base. Carnivore of coastal areas around reefs. To about 1 m. Often used for human consumption.

The locally common Crimson Snapper (Lutjanus erythropterus) differs in having a smaller head and smaller jaws (shorter than height of caudal peduncle between bases of last dorsal and anal rays).
Introduction
Coastal Marine Habitats
Fishy Trivia
Dangerous Fishes
Fishes and Man
About the guidebook
 
From A Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Jeffrey K Y Low
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

©Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre