Bluestriped Snapper, Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskål 1775)

Other Names: Blouband snapper, Blue-banded Hussar, Blue-banded Sea Perch, Blue-banded Sea-perch, Bluebanded snapper, Blue-banded Snapper, Blueline snapper, Blue-lined Sea Perch, Bluelined Snapper, Bluestripe Seaperch, Bluestripe Snapper, Blue-stripe Snapper, Blue-striped Seaperch, Blue-striped Snapper, Common Bluestripe Snapper, Four-lined Snapper, Moonlighter, Moon-lighter

Bluestriped Snapper, Lutjanus kasmira, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, December 2008. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


A bright yellow tropical snapper with four narrow brilliant blue stripes along the sides, a silvery-white belly with faint greyish stripes, and bright yellow fins.

Video of Bluestriped Snapper (aka Bluelined Snapper) in the Maldives.

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Bluestriped Snapper, Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskål 1775)

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Shark Bay to the Kimberley region, and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to at least Sydney, New South Wales; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea.

Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific, from South Africa to the Marquesas and the Line Islands in the central Pacific.

Bluestriped Snapper inhabit coral reef lagoons and outer reef slopes in depths of 1-265 m (more commonly to 60 m). During the day, large schools are often seen around coral bommies and caves. Juveniles often inhabit seagrass beds and mangroves.


Dorsal fin X, 14-15; Anal fin III, 7-8; 
Pectoral fin 15-16; Pelvic fin I, 5; Gill rakers (lower limb) 13-14; Lateral line scales 48-51.


To 40 cm TL, commonly to 25 cm TL


Bright yellow body, overlain by four narrow brilliant blue stripes along the sides, lower sides pale with faint greyish stripes, underside white, fins bright yellow.


Feeds mostly on fishes, and also consumes a variety of crustaceans, and also consumes.


A popular commercial and gamefish. Juveniles are also traded in the aquarium industry.

Similar Species

Differs from the Fiveline Snapper, Lutjanus quinquelineatus, in lacking a 5th stripe on the belly.


The specific name kasmira, is from the Arabic name for this species along the Red Sea - Kasjmiri,

Species Citation

Sciaena kasmira Forsskål 1775, Descriptiones animalium: 46, xi. Type locality: Arabia (lectotype).


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Bluestriped Snapper, Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskål 1775)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346044

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-265 m

Fishing:Commercial & game fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL

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