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Moses Perch (Lutjanus russelli) - Reef Reality Episode 27

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Moses Perch (Lutjanus russelli) - Reef Reality Episode 27

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The moses perch, also known as Russel’s snapper, is a sought after food fish which commonly grows to 35 centimetres. It can be recognized by the distinctive black mark on its silver back. The moses perch can be found Indo-West Pacific waters, from East Africa to Fiji, southern Japan, and Australia.

Species Health / Vulnerability

Moderate vulnerability. Not listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Description

The moses perch is a silvery fish with yellowish fins that commonly grows to 35 centimetres. It has a distinctive black mark on its back.

Regions & Habitat

The moses perch inhabits Indo-West Pacific waters, from East Africa to Fiji, southern Japan, and Australia. It inhabits offshore coral reefs and also inshore rocky reefs to depths of 80 metres. Juveniles seek cover from predators in mangrove estuaries.

Feeding

Moses perch feed on benthic invertebrates and fish.

Biggest Threats

Overfishing due to demand in live fish markets eg Hong Kong.

Resilience

Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years.

How to Help

1) Make ethical consumer choices when buying seafood, by consulting sustainable seafood advisory websites, for example Seafood Watch, the Marine Conservation Society's fishonline, the Marine Stewardship Council's scheme for consumer seafood products and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

2) CLICK HERE for 40 Marine Conservation Tips - How YOU can Make a Difference!

Submitted by The Reef Reality Series on Feb 2, 2010