Black-banded snapper – – –

Lutjanus semicinctus
J. Randall, 14.0 cm TL. License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Characteristic features:

  • Longitudinal scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
  • Vomerine tooth patch without posterior extension
  • Preopercular notch poorly developed
  • 7 narrow brown-black bars or saddles on upper half of body


Pink grading to white below, snout and forehead grey. 7 brown-black narrow bars or saddles on upper half of body extending half way down sides; a large blotch in center of caudal peduncle; paired fins pale.


Up to 35 cm TL.


Indo West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 10 to at least 36 m depth.


Feeding preferences unknown. Occurs singly or in small groups. In waters off Papua New Guinea, size were 50% of individuals become mature was estimated at 21.0 and 18.0 cm TL for females and males, respectively.1 Estimated maximum age is unknown.


Caught mainly with handlines and traps.

Similar species:

A distinct species due to its unique barred colouration. Not likely to be confused with other Lutjanus species.

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM


  1. 1.
    Longenecker K, Langston R, Bolick H, Kondio U, Mulrooney M. Six-year baseline information: size structure and reproduction of exploited reef fishes before establishing a management plan at Kamiali Wildlife Management Area, Papua New Guinea [Internet]. Bishop Museum Technical Report; 2014. Available from: