Bigeye Yellow Snapper [Lutjanus lutjanus]

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The Bigeye snapper or Bigeye Yellow Snapper, Lutjanus lutjanus, is a snapper in the family Lutjanidae found in the Indian Ocean and tropical western Pacific Ocean at depths of up to 96 m.

Its color is silver white with a yellow stripe from the eye to base of caudal fin. The fins are yellow. It reaches a maximum length of 35 cm.

The bigeye snapper is a highly prized, commercially trawled fish and generally fetches a high price in the marketplace.

 Pictures: Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi


Yellowtail fusilier [Caesio cuning]

1 Caesio cuning Yellowtail fusilier

Yellowtail fusilier, Caesio cuning. Upper body if not yellow, grayish blue; lower sides and belly white or pinkish. Pectoral, pelvic and anal fins white to pink. Large yellow tail. Dorsal fin yellow posteriorly and grayish blue anteriorly. Length usually at 35 cm.

 Pictures: Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi

Spottailed Squirrelfish [Sargocentron caudimaculatum]

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Spottailed Squirrelfish or Silverspot Squirrelfish, Sargocentron caudimaculatum is one of the most common of the squirrelfishes that occurs in outer reef areas, also encountered in lagoons and drop-offs from less than 2 to 40 m; either solitary or in groups. Nocturnal, feeds mainly on benthic crabs and shrimps.

 Pictures: Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi

Checkerboard wrasse [Halichoeres hortulanus]


The checkerboard wrasseHalichoeres hortulanus, is a species of wrasse. It may also be known as the chequered wrasse or the wall wrasse. Red Sea to South Africa, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef. Checkerboard pattern on sides, males are greener with a yellow dorsal spot. Small juveniles are black and white, gradually changing with growth to the adult pattern. Clear lagoons and seaward reefs from 1m-30m depth.

 Pictures: Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi

Bird Wrasse [Gomphosus varius]

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Gomphosus varius is a species of wrasse native to the Indo-Pacific. Common names include bird-nose wrassebird wrassebrown bird wrasseolive club-nosed wrasse, and purple club-nosed wrasse. This fish reaches about 30 centimeters long. It lives around corals and feeds on crustaceans, fish, and molluscs.

 Pictures: Cook Islands by Sami Salmenkivi

golden trevally [Gnathanodon speciosus]

00 Golden Trevally, Gnathanodon speciosus

The golden trevallyGnathanodon speciosus (also known as the golden kingfishbanded trevally and king trevally), is a species of large marine fish classified in the jack and horse mackerel family Carangidae, and the only member of the genus Gnathanodon. The golden trevally is widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, ranging from South Africa in the west to Central America in the east, extending to Japan in the north and Australia in the south. The species predominantly occupies inshore waters where it inhabits both reef and sandy substrates. The golden trevally is easily distinguished from its relatives by its fleshy, rubbery lips and unique colouration, which ranges from bright yellow with black bars as a juvenile to a golden-silvery colour as an adult. It is known to grow to 120 cm in length and 15 kg in weight. The golden trevally schools as a juvenile, often closely following larger objects including sharks and jellyfish. The species uses its protractile jaws to suck out prey from the sand or reef, and consumes a variety of fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Spawning aggregations gather at night at different times of the year throughout its range.

 Pictures: Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi