Lutjanus ehrenbergii

Blackspot snapper | Black-spot Snapper | Ehrenberg's Seaperch | Ehrenberg's Snapper | Lutjanus ehrenbergi
Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Lutjanus ehrenbergii, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Lutjanus ehrenbergii, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Lutjanus ehrenbergii, Red Sea, Photo: Jemina Stuart-Smith
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Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Lutjanus ehrenbergii
Lutjanus ehrenbergii


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Silver body with five thin yellow stripes of equal width extending back from the operculum, large black spot on lateral line two-thirds distance along body. Fins yellow and head often dark grey-blue. Similar to L. fulviflamma (Black-spot Snapper), but lacks stripe from eye to snout, and no stripes continue from body onto operculum.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 18.2-30.8°C

Depth: 5-20 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.93

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: Infrequent (2.8% 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 (9 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