Checkered Snapper, Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier 1828)

Other Names: Checkered Seaperch

A Checkered Snapper, Lutjanus decussatus, at Komodo, Indonesia, August 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

An easily recognised whitish to pale grey tropical snapper with braown stripes and bars forming a checkerboard pattern on the uppers sides, and a large black spot on the caudal-fin base.

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Checkered Snapper, Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier 1828)

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Recorded in Western Australia from the Dampier Archipelago to Rob Roy Reef, and Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, also Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits coastal reefs, lagoons and outer reef slopes in depths of 5-35 m, 


Carnivore - feeds on smaller fishes and crustaceans.


Of minor commercial importance in some parts of its range, and also collected in small numbers for the aquarium trade.

Species Citation

Mesoprion decussatus Cuvier, 1828, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 2: 487. Type locality: Java.


Dianne J. Bray

Checkered Snapper, Lutjanus decussatus (Cuvier 1828)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346041

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-35 m

Fishing:Commercial & aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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