Papuan black snapper
soft rays: 8. Dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Preorbital bone relatively broad, usually much greater than eye diameter. preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line anteriorly. There are distinct color phases with the entire body blackish or with a series of 6 or 7 broad greyish bars on sides. Juveniles usually banded (Ref. 48635).