The Japanese snapper (Paracaesio cerulean) is a species of snapper native to the Western Pacific Ocean where it is known to occur in the waters around southern Japan, Taiwan and the Chesterfield Islands of New Caledonia. It is found in areas with rocky substrates at depths of over 100 metres (330 ft). This species can reach a length of 50 centimetres (20 in) TL though most are around 30 centimetres (12 in). It is important commercially as a food fish.
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The fish served in sushi restaurants in Japan as "Tai" is actually Pagrus major. That fish is known in English as "red seabream", but is sometimes also called "red snapper". It is not the same fish as Japanese snapper.
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