Indonesian Snapper, Lutjanus bitaeniatus (Valenciennes 1830)

Other Names: Coastal Red Snapper, Indonesian Sea Perch, Indonesian Seaperch, White-tipped Sea-perch

Indonesian Snapper. Lutjanus bitaeniatus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A reddish to pink tropical snapper with red to orange fins. Juveniles less than 12 cm TL have blackish tips on the caudal fin lobes, a blackish blotch in the middle of the caudal fin, and sometimes a yellowish mid-lateral stripe.

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Indonesian Snapper, Lutjanus bitaeniatus (Valenciennes 1830)

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Recorded in Australia from off Kuri Bay, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory, and off Townsville, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical west Pacific. Inhabits deep inshore and offshore reefs.


fin X, 13-14; Anal fin III, 8-9.
Snout somewhat pointed, dorsal profile of head sloping steeply. Preorbital bone relatively narrow, its width usually slightly less than eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. 


Regularly taken by recreational anglers around inshore reefs and artificial reefs in the Northern Territory.

Species Citation

Diacope bitaeniata Valenciennes, 1830, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 6: 536. Type locality: Sulawesi (as Celebes).


Dianne J. Bray

Indonesian Snapper, Lutjanus bitaeniatus (Valenciennes 1830)


Allen, G.R. 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Snappers of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125, Vol. 6. Rome : FAO 208 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Talbot, F.H. 1985. Review of the snappers of the genus Lutjanus (Pisces: Lutjanidae) from the Indo-Pacific, with the description of a new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 11: 1-87.

Anderson, W.D. & Allen, G.R. 2001. Lutjanidae. pp. 2840-2918 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.

Valenciennes, A. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1830. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 6 559 pp. pls 141-169.

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CAAB Code:37346025

Depth:40-80 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL

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