Lutjanus lemniscatus

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Lutjanus lemniscatusLutjanus lemniscatus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Lutjanus lemniscatusLutjanus lemniscatus, adult, Northern Territory, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Lutjanus lemniscatusLutjanus lemniscatus, juvenile, Great Keppel Is, QLD, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Lutjanus lemniscatusLutjanus lemniscatus, juvenile, Dampier, Western Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Lutjanus lemniscatus
Lutjanus lemniscatus
Lutjanus lemniscatus
Lutjanus lemniscatus


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Adult colouration variable but usually light reddish-grey body, with a slightly humped shoulder, and a dark tail with a fine white outer margin; light coloured juvenile has black lateral stripe with white trim from snout through eye to tail base, and can easily be confused with a cardinalfish.


Max Size: 65 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.1-31.5°C

Depth: 1-80 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 15.94

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: Frequent (14.9% 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: Few (4 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

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