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  • Photo of a paddletail
    Adult paddletail (Photo: JE Randall)

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

Scientific name

Lutjanus gibbus

  • reddish body with yellow on gill cover and base of pectoral fin
  • deep notch in the front edge of the preopercular margin
  • soft dorsal, anal and fork of tail have white margin
  • older fish have a distinctly paddle-shaped tail fin
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 limits
  • no-take species

Further information