Lutjanus decussatus

Checkered Snapper | Checkered Seaperch | Chequered Snapper | Crossbanded Snapper | Lattice Snapper
Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus, Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus, North WA, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus
Lutjanus decussatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale body with rust-brown chequered pattern above midline, two reddish stripes below, a large black spot on tail base, and light fins with red submargin on dorsal.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.4-31.3°C

Depth: 2-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 9.67

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: Widespread (52.8% 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 (6 per transect)

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

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland