Oblique-banded Snapper, Pristipomoides zonatus (Valenciennes 1830)

Other Names: Obliquebanded Snapper

An Oblique-banded Snapper, Pristipomoides zonatus, in deep water off the Mariana Islands, May 2016. Source: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution

A pink to reddish tropical snapper with four broad oblique yellow bars along the side, and yellow dorsal and caudal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Pristipomoides zonatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Feb 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/577

Oblique-banded Snapper, Pristipomoides zonatus (Valenciennes 1830)

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Offshore reefs of north Western Australia (Scott Reef), and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to off Nambucca Heads, New South Wales; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Inhabits rocky areas on the continental shelf and upper slope, at depths between ~70-350 m, most abundant at ~100-200 m.


Dorsal fin X, 10-11; Anal fin III, 8.
Interorbital space convex. Jaws about equal, or lower jaw slightly protruding. Bases of dorsal and anal fins without scales, their last soft rays extended into short filaments. Pectoral fins long, reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. 


Feeds on fishes and a range of benthic and pelagic invertebrates, including shrimps, crabs, cephalopods, and urochordates.


Taken on handlines in some areas.

Species Citation

Serranus zonatus Valenciennes, in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1830, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 6: 509. Type locality: Isle de France.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Oblique-banded Snapper, Pristipomoides zonatus (Valenciennes 1830)


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Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 197 pp. 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Anderson, W.D., Jr. 1987. Systematics of the fishes of the family Lutjanidae (Perciformes: Percoidei), the snappers. pp. 1-31 in Polovina, J.J. & Ralston, S. (eds). Tropical Snappers and Groupers: Biology and Fisheries Management. Boulder : Westview Press Inc. 659 pp. 

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Russell, B., Lawrence, A., Myers, R., Carpenter, K.E. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2016. Pristipomoides zonatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T194371A2324493. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T194371A2324493.en. Downloaded on 20 October 2020.

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346056

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:70-350 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm

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