Lutjanus lutjanus

Bigeye Snapper | Bigeye Seaperch | Golden Striped Snapper | Yellow Snapper
Lutjanus lutjanus
Lutjanus lutjanus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellow stripe from eye to tail base, thin horizontal stripes below and oblique stripes above, dorsal anal and tail fins bright yellow. Distinguished from L. vitta (Brown-stripe Snapper) by more slender shape and lack of yellow pectoral fin.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22-31.6°C

Depth: 0-96m

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (2.5% 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 (55 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