Lutjanus kasmira

Common bluestripe snapper LVK
Characteristic features:

Bright yellow with 4 longitudinal blue stripes on sides, lowest stripe extending from upper mouth to caudal peduncle; several faint greyish stripes on lower sides/belly. Fins bright yellow.


Up to 40 cm TL.


Widespread throughout the Indo Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 30 to 150 m depth. Adults inhabit shallow lagoons and outer reef slopes. Juveniles are found in estuarine seagrass beds.


Feeds on fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods and also algae. Adults form large aggregations and display high site fidelity. A small, fast growing species that reaches maturity at an average age of 2.3 years and length of 20.0 cm TL.1 Common snapper are broadcast spawners, with a protracted spawning season, spawning multiple times a year. Mean maximum age according is estimated at 10 years.1

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.

Similar species:

Lutjanus bengalensis
Bengal snapper

Lutjanus bengalensis

Lutjanus bengalensis differs in having a white belly (vs. white bellow with faint grey stripes).

Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Fivelined snapper

Lutjanus quinquelineatus

Lutjanus quinquelineatus differs in being yellow overall (vs. top 2 thirds yellow, belly white with faint grey stripes); 5 blue stripes on side of body (vs. 4) and usually with a black spot or smudge on back below dorsal-fin soft rays (vs. no black markings).

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