Chrysophrys auratus Schneider 1801
Chrysophrys auratus, snapper

family Sparidae - snapper & bream

Snapper are usually silvery, through pink to brown. The upper body is scattered with small blue spots, which are most obvious in young specimens. Younger ones have a pointed face, older ones develop a large bony bump on the front of the head.

Distribution =   west Pacific, widespread southern Australia and NZ
Max size =   1.2m