Gindai, or Oblique-banded Snapper, is named after its four oblique orange or yellow bars on its side. Gindai is the Japanese name for this fish, meaning “gold snapper” likely because of its golden yellow bars. It is one of Hawai’I’s “deep seven” bottomfish species, and ranges from the Indian to Pacific Ocean. Gindai live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep.
Gindai is one of the more brightly colored deep-sea snappers being pink or reddish in color. Besides its brilliantly colored bars, its dorsal fin and tail are also yellow. Gindai is most commonly, grilled, fried, baked, steamed or sauteed.
Gindai feed predominately on small fishes, shrimp, crab and other invertebrates. Like many of the other bottomfish, Gindai reach peak spawning in the summer months, from July through September, with peak spawning times in late summer. Their pelagic eggs are released into the water column. The pelagic larvae swim freely for about 25 days until they move to deeper water before settling down on the ocean floor where they will spend the remainder of their adult life. Like many of the deep ocean snappers of Hawai‘i, Gindai live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep.