Lutjanus argentiventris

Yellow snapper | Amarillo Snapper
Lutjanus argentiventris
Lutjanus argentiventris, Malpelo Island, Colombia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lutjanus argentiventris
Lutjanus argentiventris, Isla Seca, Panama, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Lutjanus argentiventris
Lutjanus argentiventris


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Pinkish-grey head grading to yellow rear with yellow dorsal, anal and tail fins, row of blue dots running from snout under eye to rear of gill cover, and faint grey lines along body. Small individuals found sheltering in mangrove areas and estuaries.


Max Size: 71 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.4-30.5°C

Depth: 3-94m

Habitat Generalization Index: 18.24

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (35.9% 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: Many (12 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields