Lutjanus semicinctus

Black-banded snapper
Characteristic features:

Pink grading to white below, snout and forehead grey. 7 brown-black narrow bars or saddles on upper half of body extending half way down sides; a large blotch in center of caudal peduncle; paired fins pale.


Up to 35 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 10 to 36 m depth.


Feeding preferences unknown. Occurs singly or in small groups. In waters off Papua New Guinea, size were 50% of individuals become mature was estimated at 21.0 and 18.0 cm TL for females and males, respectively.1 Estimated maximum age is unknown.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines and traps.

Similar species:

A distinct species due to its unique barred colouration. Not likely to be confused with other Lutjanus species.

External links:
  1. Longenecker K, Langston R, Bolick H, Kondio U, Mulrooney M. Six-year baseline information: size structure and reproduction of exploited reef fishes before establishing a management plan at Kamiali Wildlife Management Area, Papua New Guinea [Internet]. Bishop Museum Technical Report; 2014. Available from: