Saddletail snapper

Saddletail snapper are generally red or pink with a dark blotch behind the top fin.

Juveniles have a dark stripe across the head and at the base of the tail fin.

It is an excellent eating fish.

Saddletail snapper

Where they live

Adults live around coastal and offshore reefs and hard mud areas of the Arafura Sea. Larger fish live in deeper waters.

Size and age

They can grow to 100cm, over 15kg and live for up to 31 years.

How to catch

Saddletail snapper are highly prone to barotrauma when caught from depths greater than 10m and should not be targeted for catch and release.

Last updated: 13 October 2017