Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday 04/14/2021
Photo by Manuela Kirschner
The Bluestripe snapper lives in tropical waters around the world. They live in coral reefs, often near caves, and in shallow lagoons. In the 1950s, the Bluestripe snapper was introduced to the waters of Hawaii as a potential food source, but their low economic value prevented them from being a continued food source. These fish are nocturnal predators, hunting fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans throughout the night. Smaller Bluestripe snappers also feed on zooplankton and algae. Bluestripe snappers can reach a length of up to 40 centimeters, but typically measure about 25 centimeters long. They are known for their bright yellow bodies and have blue and black stripes along their sides. Their undersides are white with light gray stripes. Their undersides are thought to serve as camouflage to blend in with the ocean surface when seen from below.