Cook Islands Biodiversity & Natural Heritage

Lutjanus bohar


Red Snapper

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General Information

COMMON NAMES: Red Snapper, Red Mumea, Red Bass, Twinspot Snapper, Two-spot Snapper; German Doppelfleck-Schnapper; French Vivaneau Chien Rouge, Lutjan Rouge

TRADITIONAL NAMES: Angamea (RR AT PL), Tangau < Angamea (MG), Tākiriva < Angamea < Tukutuku Tata (MK), Angamea / Angamea < Tuputata (MT), ‘Angamea (AK), Hangamea (TS TW), Wanga / Taeawanga < Wanga (PK); Other Polynesian - Haamea (TAH)

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: NATIVE e.Africa - Marquesas; n. to s.Japan; s. to Lord Howe

COOK ISLANDS STATUS: Native; S.Group - rare; N.Group - common; Marine, near-shore; 5-150+ metres

SIGNIFICANCE LIST: Food fish; commonly ciguatoxic

KEY FEATURES: To 75cm and 15kg. Brown to reddish-brown on the upper parts, changing to reddish-tan ventrally; fins backish-red. After being taken from the water they turn bright salmon-red. The juveniles (to 20cm) gray with two pale spots below the Dorsal fin. Matures at 45cm.

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Cook Islands Distribution

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Southern Group: Present    Makatea:

Northern Group: Present

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Pests & Hosts

Relationship Hosts
Toxic - ciguateric Homo sapiens

Scientific Taxonomy

Lutjanus bohar (Forsskål, 1775)
SYNONYMS: Sciaena bohar [O]

TAXONOMY: ANIMALIA; CHORDATA; GNATHOSTOMATA (Jawed Vertebrates); PISCES; OSTEICHTHYES; Perciformes; Percoidei; Percoidea; LUTJANIDAE, Lutjaninae

More Information

GENERAL NOTE: The most frequently ciguatoxic fish in the Indo-Pacific.

Vouchers & References

Cooks: Allen 1985, FAO Fish. Synop. #125 (v.6). Rarotonga: 3 repeated sightings N.Sims (Sims88). Palmerston: Photo18 (G&S85); listed (Preston95). Tongareva: listed in T&P85. Pukapuka: fieldspecimen+photo, 3/2004, K.Salisbury with ID as Lutjanus bohar, confirmed from photo G.McCormack 12/2004. Suwarrow: Photo18 (G&S85).

Special Reference: Allen 1985, FAO Fish. Synop. Snappers of the World... #125 (v.6).

text p.136 Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
plate 49c Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
p.178 Randall et al. (1990) Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef....
p.263 Burgess et al. (1988) Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes (TFH)
plate 45-08 Lieske & Myers (1996) Coral Reef Fishes
plate 41-12 Allen (1997) Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia....
Species No. 528 Munro (1967) Fishes of New Guinea

Data Update History (information):
zTX, zB02, zM02, zupM07a, zD02

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Citation Information

McCormack, Gerald (2007) Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Online at Copy citation to system clipboard
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