Lutjanus bengalensis

Bengal snapper QIT
Characteristic features:

Bright yellow with 4 blue stripes on sides (1 below eye), belly pale.


Up to 30 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 10 to 30 m depth.


Feeds primarily on small fishes, also eats crustaceans. Sometimes forms small aggregations. Little is known about the maturity or reproductive biology of this species. Maximum age is unknown.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.

Similar species:

Lutjanus kasmira
Common bluestripe snapper

Lutjanus kasmira

Lutjanus kasmira differs in having a white belly with faint grey stripes (vs. plain white below).

Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Fivelined snapper

Lutjanus quinquelineatus

Lutjanus quinquelineatus differs in being yellow overall (vs. yellow with a pale belly); 5 longitudinal blue stripes on sides, 2 below eye (vs. 4 blue stripes on sides 1 below eye); usually a large black spot mostly above lateral line below soft dorsal-fin rays (vs. no spot) and a dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13–15 soft rays (vs. 11 or 12 spines and 12–14 soft rays).

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