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Ocyurus chrysurus
(yellowtail snapper)



Ocyurus chrysurus (yellowtail snapper)


  • Last modified
  • 13 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Threatened Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Ocyurus chrysurus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • yellowtail snapper
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Chordata
  •       Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •         Class: Actinopterygii
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Ocyurus chrysurus (Bloch, 1791)

Preferred Common Name

  • yellowtail snapper

Other Scientific Names

  • Anthias rabirrubia Bloch & Schneider, 1801
  • Lutjanus chrysurus (Bloch, 1791)
  • Lutjanus melanurus Jordan & Gilbert, 1883
  • Mesoprion aurovittatus Agassiz, 1831
  • Mesoprion chrysurus (Bloch, 1791)
  • Ocyurus aurovittatus (Agassiz, 1831)
  • Ocyurus chysurus (Bloch, 1791)
  • Ocyurus rijgersmaei Cope, 1871
  • Sparus chrysurus Bloch, 1791
  • Sparus semiluna Lacepède, 1802

International Common Names

  • English: cola; yellowtail
  • Spanish: colirrubia; colirubia; rabirrubia; rabirubia; rabittabia; rubia
  • French: colas; sarde queue jaune; vivaneau queue jaune

Local Common Names

  • Barbados: geelstaart; grastelchi'i pieda; gristelchi
  • Brazil: cioba; cioba-mulata; gaiero; guaiúba; guaiúva; guajuba; mulata; rabo-aberto; saioba; sarmão; saúba; sioba; siova
  • Germany: Gelbschwanz-Schnapper; Schnapper; Snapper
  • Martinique: colas; sad kola
  • Netherlands Antilles: geelstaart; grastelchi'i pieda; gristelchi
  • Poland: chryzor
  • Portugal: luciano-cauda-amarela
  • Sweden: gulstjärtsnapper

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Chordata
  •             Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •                 Class: Actinopterygii
  •                     Order: Perciformes
  •                         Suborder: Percoidei
  •                             Family: Lutjanidae
  •                                 Genus: Ocyurus
  •                                     Species: Ocyurus chrysurus

Invasive Species Threats

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Invasive SpeciesWhere ThreatenedMechanismReferencesNotes
Pterois volitans (lionfish)BahamasPredationMorris and Akins, 2009


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Froese R; Pauly D, 2004. FishBase DVD. Penang, Malaysia: Worldfish Center. Online at

Morris JA; Akins JL, 2009. Feeding ecology of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) in the Bahamian archipelago. Environ. Biol. Fish, 86:389-398.