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

Colour:

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.

Size:

Up to 40 cm TL.

Distribution:

Widespread throughout the Indo Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

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.

Biology:

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

Fisheries:

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:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM

References:

  1. 1.
    Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae) [Internet]. 2003. Available from: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3270&context=gradschool_dissertations