- Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13–15 soft rays
- Body moderately deep
- Preorbital width usually less than eye diameter
- 5 longitudinal blue stripes on sides (2 below eye)
Bright yellow with 5 longitudinal blue stripes on sides (2 below eye), and large black spot mostly above lateral line below soft dorsal-fin origin. Fins bright yellow.
Up to 30 cm TL.
Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.
Coral reefs, from 5 to at least 128 m depth. Adults inhabit sheltered lagoons and exposed outer coral reef slopes. Juveniles are found in shallow protected bays.
Feeds on fishes and crustaceans. Adults form large aggregations of over 100 individuals, juveniles usually solitary. A small, fast growing species, that reaches maturity at an average of 2.9 years and 13.9 cm TL.1 Males are larger than females for a given age.2 Spawning on the Great Barrier Reef occurs from late spring to early summer. Fivelined snapper are a long lived species, especially considering their small size. On the Great Barrier Reef estimated maximum age was 32 years.3
Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.
- 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
- 2.Newman SJ, Williams D, Russ GR. Age validation, growth and mortality rates of the tropical snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae) Lutjanus adetii (Castelnau, 1873) and L. quinquelineatus (Bloch, 1790) from the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research [Internet]. 1996;47(4):575–84. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1071/MF9960575
- 3.Andersen C, Clarke K, Higgs J, Ryan S. Ecological assessment of the Queensland coral reef fin fish fishery [Internet]. A report to the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage on the ecologically sustainable management of a multispecies line fishery in a coral reef environment. Dept Primary Industries Fisheries, Qld. 2005. Available from: http://fish.gov.au/2012/reports/Documents/Anderson_et_al_2005_ecological_assessment_CRFFF_submission.pdf