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A large family of commercially important fish, the snappers are common on UAE coral-reefs and around other structures, where they hunt for small fish and crustaceans. Many of them are brightly coloured.

Dory snapper (Lutjanus fulviflamma)

Single black spot, margins indistinct, above lateral line behind gill plate. 13 dorsal fin rays compared to 14/15 in L. russelli . Around coral reefs and rock outcrops. 30 cms.

Malabar red snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus)

Orange-red to deeper red dorsally. High, curved lateral line, scale rows above, directed obliquely towards dorsal fin. Young are red with pale-rimmed black spot on caudal peduncle and dark bar on head and darker horizontal lines which fade in adults. On coral reefs and offshore wrecks and structures. Feeds on small fish, crustaceans and cuttlefish. Commonly seen in the fish souq. Young can be seen on coral reefs when snorkelling, but don't show their true colours, and can be mistaken for the black-spotted snapper which is far more common. 100 cm.

Pinjalo snapper Pinjalo pinjalo

Dusky-red to deeper pink laterally. Dorsal fin with dark margin; caudal lobes pointed and more concave than L. malabaricus . Head uniform with no underslung lower jaw. Eye placed centrally. On coral reefs and offshore wrecks and structures. Carnivorous on small fish, crustaceans and cuttlefish. Less common than L. malabaricus. 85 cm.

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