Bengal snapperQIT

Lutjanus bengalensis
18.1 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal fin with 11 or 12 spines and 12–14 soft rays
  • Body moderately deep
  • Preopercular notch well developed


Bright yellow with 4 blue stripes on sides (1 below eye), belly pale.


Up to 30 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 10 to at least 30 m depth.


Feeds primarily on small fishes, also eats crustaceans. Sometimes forms small aggregations. Little is known about the maturity or reproductive biology of this species. Maximum age is unknown.


Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.

Similar species:

Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Fivelined snapper
Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus differs in being yellow overall (vs. yellow with a pale belly); 5 longitudinal blue stripes on sides, 2 below eye (vs. 4 blue stripes on sides 1 below eye); usually a large black spot mostly above lateral line below soft dorsal-fin rays (vs. no spot) and a dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13–15 soft rays (vs. 11 or 12 spines and 12–14 soft rays).
Lutjanus kasmira
Common bluestripe snapper
Lutjanus kasmira
J. Randall. License: CC BY-NC 3.0
Lutjanus kasmira differs in having a white belly with faint grey stripes (vs. plain white below).

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