Hussar, Lutjanus adetii (Castelnau 1873)

Other Names: Yellow-band Snapper, Yellow-banded Hussar, Yellow-banded Sea Perch, Yellow-banded Sea-perch, Yellowbanded Snapper, Yellow-banded Snapper

A Hussar, Lutjanus adetii, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, January 2014. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A rosy-pink tropical snapper becoming silvery below with a dusky to golden stripe from the middle of the gill cover to the tail base, a golden patch around the eye running onto the snout, a yellow blotch at the pectoral-fin base, and a white margin on the dorsal and anal fins. Juveniles have a large red spot on the mid to upper part of the caudal peduncle, which, in some individuals remains as the midlateral stripe develops. 
Video of Hussar (Lutjanus adetii), Brownstripe Snapper (Lutjanus vitta), Coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus), and other reef fishes in sand habitat with small reef outcrops on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland - depth 32 m.
Hussars (Lutjanus adetii) and Coral Trout (Plectropomus leopardus) around gorgonian sea fans in the Green zone at Jenkins Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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Hussar, Lutjanus adetii (Castelnau 1873)

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales, with small juveniles further south; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. 
Inhabits coral and rocky reefs, sometimes forming large aggregations around outcrops during the day, before dispersing to feed at night.


Dorsal fin X, 14; Anal fin III, 8. Snout somewhat pointed. Preopercular notch and knob moderately well developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. 


Of minor commercial importance, and taken mostly by hook and line.

Similar Species

Lutjanus adetii differs from the smaller Bigeye Snapper, L. lutjanus, in having a deeper body. The similar Brownstripe Snapper, L. vitta lacks a yellow tail. 


The species is named in honour of Mr. Adet of Nouméa, New Caledonia, who collected the type specimen (and all fishes Castelnau studied while in Nouméa}.

Species Citation

Diacopus adetii Castelnau 1873, Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict 2: 111. Type locality: Noumea, New Caledonia.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Hussar, Lutjanus adetii (Castelnau 1873)


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CAAB Code:37346033

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-40 m

Fishing:Minor commercial

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm TL

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