Aprion virescens

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Aprion virescens
Aprion virescens, Frederick Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar

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Tropical Indo-Pacific


Snout more rounded and body more elongate than other tropical snappers, light blue-green colouration blends well with open water, strongly forked tail with central notch and large teeth. Generally hovers near the edges of vision when approaching divers. Should not be eaten because of risk of ciguatera poisoning.


Max Size: 112 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.1-31.5°C

Depth: 1-180m

Habitat Generalization Index: 14.86

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (10.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland