Lutjanus alexandrei

Brazilian snapper
Lutjanus alexandrei
Lutjanus alexandrei, Abrolhos Islands, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Atlantic/Caribbean


Variable colouring but generally reddish with more or less distinct vertical bands on body and occasionally an oblique band over eye. Distinguished from other similar species by the blue spots on the face, having an irregular row from corner of the mouth to the rear margin of the gill cover, a short row behind eye and a few scattered on the cheek.


Max Size: 24 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.6-28°C

Depth: 0-54m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (33.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (7 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields