Lutjanus guttatus

Spotted rose snapper | Rose Snapper
Lutjanus guttatus
Lutjanus guttatus, Jicaron Island, Panama, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Silvery with slight reddish tint on fins and body, yellow belly, uneven yellow broken lines from snout to tail, becoming oblique dashes on back, and a large round black spot on rear back. Generally found solitary or in small groups, but may occasionally form large schools.


Max Size: 80 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.5-30.3°C

Depth: 1-107m

Habitat Generalization Index: 10.47

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 (29.8% 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: Many (19 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields