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  • Photo of a Chinamna fish
    Photo of a Chinamna fish
  • Photo of a juvenile chinaman fish
    Photo of a juvenile chinaman fish

The Chinaman fish is a no-take species. It is a known ciguatoxin carrier and must not be eaten.

General information

Scientific name

Symphorus nematophorus

  • adult fish are mottled pink and red, forming indistinct vertical bars
  • small adults and juveniles have horizontal blue stripes on the body and elongated spines on the soft dorsal fin, growing to long filaments
  • a deep elongated pit between the eye and nostril
Family name Lutjanidae (tropical snappers and seaperches)
Family description
  • most tropical snappers and seaperches are easy to identify by their adult colouration
  • most have strong spinous dorsal fins and a more-or-less continuous dorsal fin which may be slightly notched between the spinous and soft parts
  • they are carnivores and typically feed at night
  • some species are known ciguatoxin carriers
  • mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) and large scale seaperch, or fingermark (Lutjanus johnii), are not considered coral reef fish under the fishery plan
  • jobfishes are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Aphareus, Aprion, Etelis, Parapristipomoides and Pristipomoides
  • representative species have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limit
  • no-take species

Further information