Lutjanus vitta

Brown-stripe snapper | Brownstripe Seaperch | One-band Seaperch | One-lined Snapper | Striped Seaperch
Lutjanus vitta
Lutjanus vitta, adult, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lutjanus vitta
Lutjanus vitta, Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Lutjanus vitta
Lutjanus vitta


Temperate Australasia, Temperate northern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellow/brown stripe from snout, through eye to tail base, with thin horizontal stripes below and oblique stripes above. Fins and back yellow. Similar L. lutjanus (Bigeye Snapper) has a more slender body shape and lacks yellow pectoral fin.


Max Size: 40 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.1-31.3°C

Depth: 10-72 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.14

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 (5.5% 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 (10 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