Scale rows above lateral line obliquely positioned
Preopercular notch indistinct
Upper snout profile distinctly concave in larger individuals
Greyish brown or olive, fins reddish with caudal fin darkest. Fish from deep water frequently reddish.
Up to 65 cm TL.
Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral and rocky reefs, and also muddy habitats, from 70 to at least 80 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fishes, but also benthic invertebrates. Found in solitary or in small groups. Estimations regarding size or age at maturity are unknown. Maximum age is unknown.
Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and occasionally with bottom trawls.
Lutjanus vitta (Brownstripe snapper) and juvenile Lutjanus biguttatus (Twospot snapper) can appear similar to juvenile Lutjanus lemniscatus in having a single dark midlateral stripe through eye to caudal fin base, but differ in having a vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension (vs. without), with L. vitta having a yellow caudal fin (vs. blackish) and L. biguttatus having an elongate body (vs. deep).