Ornate Snapper, Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus (Valenciennes 1831)

Other Names: Ornate Jobfish

Ornate Snapper, Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus. Source: Ken Graham / NSW Fisheries. License: All rights reserved

Back, dorsal fin and caudal fin mostly yellow with bright blue spots and wavy lines, upper part of the head reddish, sides and belly silvery to pinkish.

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Ornate Snapper, Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus (Valenciennes 1831)

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Recorded in Australia from off Bernier Island to off Port Hedland, WA and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, QLD, to off Killcare, NSW, and at Lord Howe Island. Found elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.


Meristic feature: Dorsal fin X, 11; Anal fin III, 8.

Interorbital space slightly convex. Preorbital depth 7.0 to 8.0 times in head length. Pectoral fins long, reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. 


Carnivore - feeds on small fishes, crustaceans and squids.

Species Citation

Serranus argyrogrammicus Valenciennes, 1831, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 7: 183. Type locality: Mauritius.


Dianne J. Bray

Ornate Snapper, Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus (Valenciennes 1831)


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.

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.

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.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

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Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

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CAAB Code:37346054

Depth:70-350 m

Fishing:Recreational & minor commercial

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm SL

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