- Scale rows above lateral line oblique
- Vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension
- Narrow dark mid-lateral stripe on side, fainter brownish lines between scale rows on sides
Pale brownish to pinkish, narrow dark mid-lateral stripe on side, fainter brownish lines between scale rows on sides; fins yellow.
Up to 40 cm TL.
East Indian and West Pacific in tropical waters.
Adults found near coral reefs. Found from 10 to at least 120 m depth.
Feeds on fishes, shrimps, crabs and other benthic crustaceans. Brownstripe snapper form small schools of about 30 individuals, or are solitary. A small species that displays rapid growth early in life, reaching asymptotic length within an average of 3 years1. Off the southwest coast of India length at first maturity was estimated at 15.8 and 14.5 cm TL for females and males respectively.2 Here, brownstripe snapper display broadcast spawning between September – December.2 In the Great Barrier Reef maximum recorded age is 12 years.1
Caught mainly with handlines, traps and bottom trawls.
- 1.Newman SJ, Cappo M, Williams DM. Age, growth and mortality of the stripey, Lutjanus carponotatus (Richardson) and the brown-stripe snapper, L. vitta (Quoy and Gaimard) from the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Fisheries Research [Internet]. 2000;48(3):263–75. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0165-7836(00)00184-3
- 2.Ramachandran S, Ali D, Varghese BC. Age, growth and maturity of brown stripe snapper Lutjanus vitta (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) from southwest coast of India. Journal of Marine Biological Association of India [Internet]. 2013;55(2):61–8. Available from: https://doi.org/10.6024/jmbai.2013.55.2.01638-10