Brownstripe Snapper, Lutjanus vitta (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)

Other Names: Broadband Seaperch, Brown Stripe Red Snapper, Brown Stripe Snapper, Brownstripe Red Snapper, Brownstripe Red-snapper, Brownstripe Seaperch, Brown-stripe Snapper, One-band Sea-perch, One-lined Snapper, Striped Seaperch, Striped Sea-perch

A Brownstripe Snapper, Lutjanus vitta, at the Clam Beds, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, July 2017. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A whitish to pinkish tropical snapper with a yellowish-brown to black mid-lateral stripe, fine diagonal stripes above the lateral line and narrow horizontal brown stripes below the lateral line, and a yellow back and median fins. Juveniles and sub-adults have a broader, darker stripe than adults.

Video of Brownstripe Snapper (Lutjanus vitta), Hussar (Lutjanus adetii), Coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus), and other reef species in sand habitat with small reef outcrops on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland - depth 32 m.

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Brownstripe Snapper, Lutjanus vitta (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)

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Houtman Abrolhos islands, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland, also Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific - Seychelles to the Gilbert Islands, and north to the Ryukyus, Japan. Inhabits coral reefs including areas with low coral outcrops, sponges, and sea whips.


Dorsal fin X, 12-14; Anal fin III, 8-9. 
Body depth 2.6-3.0 in SL; dorsal profile of head moderately sloped; preorbital width about equal to eye diameter; preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line.


Feed on fishes, shrimps, crabs and other benthic invertebrates.


Forms spawning aggregations. Lives to at least 12 years of age. 


Commercially important throughout its range, and taken by commercial fishers in Australia.

Species Citation

Serranus vitta Quoy & Gaimard 1824, Voyage autour du Monde 1: 315. Type locality: Waigeo (as Waigiou), Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Brownstripe Snapper, Lutjanus vitta (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)


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CAAB Code:37346003

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-106 m

Fishing:Commercial fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL

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