Lutjanus erythropterus

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Lutjanus erythropterus
Lutjanus erythropterus, Townsville, QLD, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pink/red to silver body, sometimes with darker red rear margin on tail and light vertical bar behind head. Body and head profile differ from other Lutjanus species. Probably associated with deeper silty habitats, but occasionally seen by divers schooling over reefs and wrecks below 20 m depth.


Max Size: 90 cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 5-100m

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: Infrequent (1.2% 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 (26 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