|Latin name||Macolor niger - (Forsskål, 1775)|
|Common name||Black and white snapper|
|Family||Lutjanidae - Macolor|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||75.0 cm (29.5")|
As aquarium fish
Threat towards crustaceans
This species poses a threat towards shrimps and crabs etc., which are relatively small.
Can be a threat to small fish
This spicies might be a threat to smaller fishes.
Demand a very large aquarium when fully grown
This species needs a very large aquarium when fully grown.
Exactly how big the aquarium should be is hard to say, but the size of this species is such, that it cannot normally be kept in a home aquarium.
This species grows very quickly if fed well.
This fish requires feeding several times a day, especially when newly added.
When the fish can find its natural food in the aquarium it requires less frequent feeding.
This species eats a great deal and demands an aquarium that can tolerate such a heavy load.
There is a greater chance of success with this species if one can supply a living feed to allow it to adapt to the tank.
Requires a varied diet
This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.
Requires plenty of space for swimming.
This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.
This species can be very shy when first introduced into a new aquarium.
More aggressive fish can be introduced after this species has acclimatized.
Can coexist with its own species
Several specimen of this species can coexist in the same aquarium, provided they are introduced simultaneously.
Overhangs and caves
This species thrives best in an aquarium with overhangs and caves.
Family description (Lutjanidae)
Snappers (Lutjanidae) are predatory fish, which normally live off fish and a wide range of invertebrates; typically crustaceans, but also snails, sea urchins, worms etc. They will mostly find their food on the bottom, and some species will blow in the sand to find food.
Unlike the other species, species in the Macolor, Pinjalo and Rhomboplites genera live of the larger kinds of zooplankton.
Snappers are generally fairly hardy, but are only suitable for very large aquaria. One should arrange the tank, with a large overhang or hole where they can hide.
|Distribution||Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Samoa, north to central Japan, south to Australia.|
|English common names||Black & white snapper, Black and white seaperch|
|Danish common names||Sort og hvid snapper|
|French common names||Vivaneau plate, Diable, Perche blanche et noire|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. 2004. Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 3) TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Snappers, Family Lutjanidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
WWM Crew. FAQs about Snappers, Family Lutjanidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|live food, docile shy, eats shrimp, eats crab, eats fish, shoal group, predatory|