Lutjanus quinquelineatus

Five-line snapper | Blue-banded Seaperch | Blue-striped Snapper
Lutjanus quinquelineatusLutjanus quinquelineatus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Lutjanus quinquelineatusLutjanus quinquelineatus, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Lutjanus quinquelineatusLutjanus quinquelineatus, juvenile, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Lutjanus quinquelineatusLutjanus quinquelineatus, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus


Temperate Australasia, Temperate northern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellow body with five blue stripes, the lower below the pectoral fin base, often with a black spot on rear of body between second and third stripes. Similar to L. kasmira (Bluestriped Snapper), but lacks pale underside and has five rather than four blue stripes.


Max Size: 38 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.1-31.4°C

Depth: 2-40 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 13.68

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 (9.9% 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: Many (18 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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