Common bluestripe snapperLVK

Lutjanus kasmira
J. Randall, 27.4 cm TL. License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Characteristic features:

  • Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line
  • Preopercular notch well developed
  • Preorbital width usually greater than eye diameter
  • 4 longitudinal blue stripes on sides and several faint greyish stripes on lower sides/belly


Bright yellow with 4 longitudinal blue stripes on sides, lowest stripe extending from upper mouth to caudal peduncle; several faint greyish stripes on lower sides/belly. Fins bright yellow.


Up to 40 cm TL.


Widespread throughout the Indo Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 30 to at least 150 m depth. Adults inhabit shallow lagoons and outer reef slopes. Juveniles are found in estuarine seagrass beds.


Feeds on fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods and also algae. Adults form large aggregations and display high site fidelity. A small, fast growing species that reaches maturity at an average age of 2.3 years and length of 20.0 cm TL.1 Common snapper are broadcast spawners, with a protracted spawning season, spawning multiple times a year. Mean maximum age according is estimated at 10 years.1


Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.

Similar species:

Lutjanus bengalensis
Bengal snapper
Lutjanus bengalensis
Lutjanus bengalensis differs in having a white belly (vs. white bellow with faint grey stripes).
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Five-lined snapper
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus differs in being yellow overall (vs. top 2 thirds yellow, belly white with faint grey stripes); 5 blue stripes on side of body (vs. 4) and usually with a black spot or smudge on back below dorsal-fin soft rays (vs. no black markings).

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM


  1. 1.
    Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae) [Internet]. 2003. Available from: