Body moderately deep. Large mouth, jaws reach back to vertical of the anterior of eye or slightly behind. Bare canine teeth; one pair enlarged, visible when mouth close. Pointed snout. Upper profile of head straight. Preoperculum serrated with a shallow notch above its angle. Posterior edge of operculum pointed, Single dorsal fin, the 3rd-5th spines are the larger. Posterior edge of dorsal and anal fins rounded. Caudal fin weekly forked. Pectoral and pelvic fins long and pointed, both reaching vertical of anus.
back and flank olive-brown to grey becoming light-pink with copper touch on the belly. Fins are yellowish-orange. A slanted blue line stretching from above of the middle of upper jaw to the eye's lower margin.
size : common 40-60 cm (max.128 cm).
Lutjanus argentimaculatus: no slender blue line below the eye.
Serranidae: three flat spines on the operculum
Sparidae: deeply forked caudal fin; preoperculum smooth.
Carangidae: deeply forked caudal fin; no canine teeth.
Other families: lack of three flat spines on the upper posterior corner of the operculum
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Feeds on fish and large invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks.
in the vicinity of coral reefs. Young specimens are found in estuaries and often enter rivers.