Scientific Name
Lutjanus madras  
Lutjanus madras前鱗笛鯛
by: Po-Feng Lee
Author (Valenciennes, 1831) Depth 5 - 90M
Chinese 前鱗笛鯛 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 笛鯛科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F370 Lutjanidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 前鱗笛鯛 
Max Length 30 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 赤筆仔 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Seychelles 
Synonyms Lutjanus boutton, Mesoprion madras   
Reference Fishbase( 2002)  Cuvier, G. etc. 1831 陳春暉 2004 
Specimen List ASIZP0064660. ASIZP0800493. ASIZP0910493.  
Common Name Indian snapper 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body fusiform, somewhat slender. Dorsal profile of head moderately to gently sloped; preorbital width about equal to 2/3 of eye diameter; preopercular notch and knob poorly developed; vomerine tooth patch triangular with a medial posterior extension or diamond-shaped; tongue with a patch of granular teeth; gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch (including rudiments) 12 to 15, total rakers on first gill arch 18 to 21. Dorsal fin with X spines and 13 (rarely 11 or 14) soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 (rarely 9) soft rays; posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins angular; pectoral fins with 16 or 17 rays; caudal fin truncate or slightly emarginate. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Body upper back brownish; sides whitish with a series of fine yellow horizontal lines, one per scale row, on lower half of body, and similar brownish lines running obliquely above lateral line; fins yellow except pelvics frequently white or faintly yellow.
habitats Inhabits coral and rocky reefs at depths between about 5 and 90 m. Often forms large aggregations during the day. Feeds at night mainly on small fish, shrimps, crabs and cephalopods. 
Distribution Distributed in Indo-West Pacific from Seychelles and the Laccadive Islands to New Guinea and the Philippines. It is very rare and only found in southtern Taiwanese waters and Penghu Is.. 
Utility Marketed fresh.