Fairly common along deep ledges from 600 to 1000
feet but now depleted due to overfishing. Red body with a pointed
head, large eyes, a pair of large conical teeth on the upper jaw, and a deeply
forked tail with elongate tips in adults. Feeds upon small fish and crustaceans. Attains 4 feet and at least 28 pounds.
The most valuable deepwater snapper because of its fine white flesh and
beauty when served whole, it is a member of the Deep
Seven. The traditional Hawaiian
is rarely used today having been replaced by the Japanese word onaga,
which means 'long tail'. Hawai‘i and the Indo-Pacific.