Snappers (Perciformes : Lutjanidae) of West Bengal Coast with Eight New Records and a Key for their Identification
Keywords:New Record, Lutjanus, Pinjalo, Pristipomoides, West Bengal.
Snappers of the family Lutjanidae are a group of colourful, attractive and important marine food fishes. The paper reviews the snappers of West Bengal state, India and reports eight new records, Lutjanus decussatus, L. lunulatus, L. momostigma, L. quinquelineatus, Pinjalo pinjalo, Pristipomoides filamentosus, P. multidens and P. typus, from the coastal waters of the state with their systematic account. The paper also presents a working key to identification of all 24 species of snappers known to occur in the state till date, which will help in correcting several confusions occurred in earlier literature.