Japanese snapper

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.[2]

Japanese snapper
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Lutjanidae
Genus: Paracaesio
P. caerulea
Binomial name
Paracaesio caerulea
(Katayama, 1934)
  • Vegetichthys caeruleus Katayama, 1934

Culinary useEdit

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.


  1. ^ Acero, A. (2010). "Paracaesio caerulea". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T154612A115212819. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T154612A4588226.en. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Paracaesio caerulea" in FishBase. December 2013 version.