Lutjanus sebae

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Lutjanus sebae
Lutjanus sebae, Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lutjanus sebae
Lutjanus sebae, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Lutjanus sebae
Lutjanus sebae, juvenile, Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Lutjanus sebae
Lutjanus sebae
Lutjanus sebae


Tropical Indo-Pacific


High body, with distinct red bars on a white body, the first a large oblique bar through eye, second mid body, and third extending obliquely from dorsal fin to lower tail, snout pointed. Large adult entirely pink, but rarely seen as inhabits deeper reefs. Juveniles with dark red or black bars, often commensal amongst sea urchin spines.


Max Size: 116 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.2-31.2°C

Depth: 5-180m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.23

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 (5.4% 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: Solitary (1 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