Red Pinjalo, Pinjalo lewisi Randall, Allen & Anderson 1987

Other Names: Slender Pinjalo

Red Pinjalo, Pinjalo lewisi - Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea. Source: Karen Honeycutt / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A reddish to reddish-orange pinjalo usually with a pale spot on the upper part of the caudal peduncle. The colour can either rapidly fade or intensify. 

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Red Pinjalo, Pinjalo lewisi Randall, Allen & Anderson 1987

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Near Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island in the Timor Sea, to NE of Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, and reefs off Innisfail to Hervey Bay, Queensland; planktonic larvae have been collected further south. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific: Oman and the Persian Gulf east to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Fiji, north to Taiwan and southern Japan.
Inhabits deep coral and rocky reefs, often forming large school.


Dorsal fin XII, 13; Anal fin III, 8-9; Pectoral fin 17-18; Lateral-line scales 48-50; Gill rakers 7-8 + 16-17.
Body depth 2.1-2.8 in SL, dorsal and ventral profiles equally rounded; oblique scale rows along back becoming horizontal on the caudal peduncle.


Feeds on benthic and planktonic invertebrates, and possibly small fishes.


Taken with handlines, traps and bottom trawls, and on deep drop-lines in Australia.

Similar Species

Differs from the Pinjalo, Pinjalo pinjalo, in having a pale spot on the upper caudal peduncle and in lacking yellow coloration on the pelvic and anal fins.


The species is named for Anthony Lewis.

Species Citation

Pinjalo lewisi Randall, Allen & Anderson 1987, Indo-Pacific Fishes 14: 12, fig. 3, pl. 1c. Type locality: Dumaguete Market, Negros, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Red Pinjalo, Pinjalo lewisi Randall, Allen & Anderson 1987


Allen, G.R. 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Snappers of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125, Vol. 6. Rome : FAO 208 pp. 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Anderson, W.D. & Allen, G.R. 2001. Lutjanidae. pp. 2840-2918 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Leis, J.M. 2008. Larval development in the lutjanid subfamily Lutjaninae (Pisces): the Indo-Pacific genus Pinjalo. Zootaxa 1760: 37-49 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen G.R. & Anderson, W.D. 1987. Revision of the Indo-Pacific lutjanid genus Pinjalo, with description of a new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 14: 1-17 figs 1-3 pl. 1

Russell, B., Lawrence, A., Myers, R., Carpenter, K.E. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2016. Pinjalo lewisi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T194373A2324921. Downloaded on 26 November 2019.

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CAAB Code:37346067

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-200 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm TL

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