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Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier, 1828)
Checkered Seaperch; Mesoprion decussatus Cuvier, 1828

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Species Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier, 1828)


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CAAB : 37346041 Taxon concept Lutjanus_decussatus last modified 2013-10-09 10:07:52.756

Species Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier, 1828)

Checkered Snapper , Checkered Seaperch


Generic Combinations




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Dampier Archipelago (20°28'S) to Rob Roy Reef (14°25'S), WA, also Rowley Shoals (17°20'S) and Scott Reef (14°03'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and northern Great Barrier Reef (12° to 14°S), QLD; tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Northwest Transition (3), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore, marine.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Snappers of the World . An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125, Vol. 6. Rome : FAO 208 pp. [73]

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia . Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [122]

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers . Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. [80]

Allen, G.R. & Talbot, F.H. 1985. Review of the snappers of the genus Lutjanus (Pisces: Lutjanidae) from the Indo-Pacific, with the description of a new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 11 : 1-87 [30]

Anderson, W.D. & Allen, G.R. 2001. Lutjanidae. pp. 2840-2918 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes . Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. [2869]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea . Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [179]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea . Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [179]


Common Name References

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters . Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. [72] (FAO) ( Checkered Snapper )

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea . Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [179] (Checkered Seaperch)

Seafood Services Australia 2008. Australian Fish Names Standard. ( Checkered Snapper )


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
18-Dec-2012 18-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Lutjanidae  
 Genus Lutjanus  
  Lutjanus decussatus    (Cuvier, 1828) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms: Lutianus decussatus Lutjanus decussates Lutjanus dessucatus Lutjanus semicinctus Mesoprion decussatus Mesoprion therapon   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body moderately deep. Dorsal profile of head moderately sloped; preorbital bone usually about equal to eye diameter or slightly narrower; preopercular notch and knob poorly developed; vomerine tooth patch crescentic, without a medial posterior extension; tongue with a patch of granular teeth; gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch (including rudiments) 8 to 10, total rakers on first gill arch 14 to 16. Dorsal fin with X spines and 13 or 14 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 or 9 rays; posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins rounded; with 16 or 17 rays; caudal fin emarginate. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Generally pink to whitish, with a silvery sheen on breast and side of head. Trunk with a "checker-board" pattern on upper half of sides; lower half of sides with 2 dark brown stripes; a large black spot covering most of caudal fin base. 
Habitat: Inhabits both inshore and offshore coral reefs where it occurs singly or in schools. Small juveniles on shallow protected reef flats and used in the aquarium trade. 
Distribution: Distributed in Indo-West Pacific from southern India and Sri Lanka to New Guinea, north to the Ryukyu Islands. It is mainly found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Food fish; marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 382102
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