Lutjanus erythropterus

Crimson snapper LJT
Characteristic features:

Pinkish red, paler on belly.


Up to 55 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral and rocky reefs, from the surface to 100 m depth.


Feeds primarily on fishes, but also crustaceans, cephalopods and other benthic invertebrates. Usually occurs in small groups. In Australia length at first maturity is 28.8 cm SL and 24.0 cm SL for females and males, respectively. Length where 50% of individuals reach maturity was 35.1 cm SL and 26.8 cm SL for females and males, respectively. In eastern Indonesia spawning occurs throughout most of the year. Crimson snapper are a serial batch spawner and are highly fecund, producing an estimated 640,300 to 676,100 eggs in one spawning event.1 Estimated maximum age is 32 years on the Great Barrier Reef.2

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly by handlines and trawls.

Similar species:

Lutjanus bitaeniatus
Indonesian snapper

Lutjanus bitaeniatus

Lutjanus bitaeniatus differ in having a mouth large (vs. relatively small); tongue with teeth (vs. tongue smooth, teeth absent) and caudal fin slightly emarginate or truncate (vs. emarginate).

Lutjanus malabaricus
Malabar snapper

Lutjanus malabaricus

Lutjanus malabaricus differ in having a larger mouth – maxilla length almost equal to distance between last dorsal- and anal-fin rays (vs. less); head profile more strongly humped (vs. straight) and caudal fin more truncate (vs. slightly emarginate).

Pinjalo spp.

Pinjalo lewisi
Pinjalo lewisi

Pinjalo species differ in having the upper and lower profiles of head equally rounded (vs. not equally rounded); large canines at anterior of jaw absent (vs. present, but sometimes not distinct).

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  1. Fry G, Milton DA, Van Der Velde T, Stobutzki I, Andamari R, Sumiono B. Reproductive dynamics and nursery habitat preferences of two commercially important Indo-Pacific red snappers Lutjanus erythropterus and L. ámalabaricus. Fisheries Science [Internet]. 2009;75(1):145–58. Available from:
  2. Newman SJ, Cappo M, Williams DM. Age, growth, mortality rates and corresponding yield estimates using otoliths of the tropical red snappers, Lutjanus erythropterusL. malabaricus and L. sebae, from the central Great Barrier Reef. Fisheries Research [Internet]. 2000;48(1):1–14. Available from: