Etelis coruscans Valenciennes, 1862
Deepwater longtail red snapper
Maya maya,  Katambak,  Maya-maya,  Sagisihon,  Tikwi
Etelis coruscans
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Etelinae
Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 45 - 400 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa eastward to the Hawaiian Islands, north to Sea of Japan, south to Australia (Queensland and New South Wales) and Lord Howe Island; off Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand (Ref. 9821). Reported from the Marquesas (Ref. 114223). The name Etelis carbunculus has been misapplied to this species by some previous authors.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Interorbital space flat. Maxilla covered with scales. Dorsal and anal fin bases without scales. Upper caudal lobe becoming greatly elongated with increased growth. Scale rows on back parallel with lateral line. Back and upper sides deep pink to red; lower sides and belly pink; fins pink to red.
Biology:  Adults inhabit rocky bottoms (Ref. 30573) of the continental shelf and continental slope (Ref. 75154). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feed on small fishes, squids and crustaceans (Ref. 30573). Considered an important food fish in some areas. Marketed fresh and frozen (Ref. 9987). Highly valued for the quality of its flesh (Ref. 11888). Mnimum depth from Ref. 089972.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 March 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Recorded from Lanuza Bay (Ref. 104679).

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