Common name: humpback snapper
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Native Range: Indo-Pacific from east Africa and the Red Sea to Indonesia, the Ryuku and Ogasawara Islands, northern Australia, New Caledonai, Micronesia, the Line Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Marquesas.
The species was introduced to O'ahu, Hawaii from the Marquesas in 1958.
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Lutjanus gibbus are found here.
Table last updated 5/25/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
Ecology: A coral-reef associate, found at depths from 1 to 150 m (Mundy 2005).
Means of Introduction: Stocked for fisheries enhancement.
Status: Although considered established in Hawaii shortly after its introduction, only a few scattered specimens were taken in the 1980s and early 1990s. The lack of specimens since the early 1990s casts doubt on the current status of the species in the Hawaiian islands (Mundy 2005).
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Mundy, B. C. 2005. A Checklist of the Fishes of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Bishop Museum Bulletin in Zoology, Number 6.
Revision Date: 4/19/2006
Peer Review Date: 4/19/2006
Schofield, P.J., 2022, Lutjanus gibbus (Forsskål, 1775): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=772, Revision Date: 4/19/2006, Peer Review Date: 4/19/2006, Access Date: 5/25/2022
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