Lutjanus quinquelineatus

Fivelined snapper LWQ
Characteristic features:

Bright yellow with 5 longitudinal blue stripes on sides (2 below eye), and large black spot mostly above lateral line below soft dorsal-fin origin. Fins bright yellow.


Up to 30 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 5 to 128 m depth. Adults inhabit sheltered lagoons and exposed outer coral reef slopes. Juveniles are found in shallow protected bays.


Feeds on fishes and crustaceans. Adults form large aggregations of over 100 individuals, juveniles usually solitary. A small, fast growing species, that reaches maturity at an average of 2.9 years and 13.9 cm TL.1 Males are larger than females for a given age.2 Spawning on the Great Barrier Reef occurs from late spring to early summer. Fivelined snapper are a long lived species, especially considering their small size. On the Great Barrier Reef estimated maximum age was 32 years.3

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines, traps, and gill nets.

Similar species:

Lutjanus bengalensis
Bengal snapper

Lutjanus bengalensis

Lutjanus bengalensis differs in being yellow on the upper 2 thirds, white below with 4 blue stripes, 1 below eye (vs. yellow overall with 5 blue stripes) and no black markings on posterior portion of back below dorsal-fin soft rays (vs. usually with a black spot or smudge).

Lutjanus kasmira
Common bluestripe snapper

Lutjanus kasmira

Lutjanus kasmira differs in in being yellow on the upper half, white below with faint grey stripes and 4 blue horizontal stripes (vs. yellow overall with 5 blue stripes).

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  1. Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae) [Internet]. 2003. Available from:
  2. Newman SJ, Williams D, Russ GR. Age validation, growth and mortality rates of the tropical snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae) Lutjanus adetii (Castelnau, 1873) and L. quinquelineatus (Bloch, 1790) from the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research [Internet]. 1996;47(4):575–84. Available from:
  3. Andersen C, Clarke K, Higgs J, Ryan S. Ecological assessment of the Queensland coral reef fin fish fishery [Internet]. A report to the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage on the ecologically sustainable management of a multispecies line fishery in a coral reef environment. Dept Primary Industries Fisheries, Qld. 2005. Available from: