Stripey Snapper, Lutjanus carponotatus (Richardson 1842)

Other Names: Dusky-striped Sea-perch, Gold-banded Sea Perch, Gold-stripe Sea-perch, Spanish Flag, Spanish Flag Snapper, Striped Seaperch, Stripey, Stripey Sea Perch, Stripey Seaperch

A Stripey Snapper, Lutjanus carponotatus, at Forbes Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, July 2015. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A bluish-grey to whitish tropical snapper with 8-9 yellow to golden-brown stripes along the sides, yellow fins, and a black spot at the axil of the pectoral fin. Juveniles have a broad white stripe from the snout to the tail base, and alternating dark brown to black stripes above and below. The scale rows along the back rise diagonally above the lateral line.

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Stripey Snapper, Lutjanus carponotatus (Richardson 1842)

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Known in Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland, and possibly to northern New South Wales; also reefs in the Coral Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits turbid coastal reefs.


Doral fin X, 14-16; Anal fin III, 9. 
Snout somewhat pointed, dorsal profile of head steeply sloped. Preorbital bone about equal to eye diameter, or slightly wider. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. 


The species has a relatively long post-larval duration of 33-38 days.elatively long PLD of this species (33–38 days; Quere & Leis, 2010)


Taken by commercial, recreational, and indigenous fishers throughout its range. 

Species Citation

Mesoprion carponotatus Richardson 1842, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. ns 9(55): 28. Type locality: Port Essington, Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Stripey Snapper, Lutjanus carponotatus (Richardson 1842)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346011

Depth:1-35 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated, silty areas

Max Size:40 cm TL

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