Animal Species:Bluestripe Seaperch, Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskal, 1775)

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific. They can be seen on reefs in stationary schools during daylight.

A Bluestripe Seaperch at Ribbon Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Bluestripe Seaperch

Identification

The Bluestripe Seaperch is yellow above and white below. It has four blue stripes on the sides and fine grey stripes ventrally. The fins are mostly yellow.

Size range

The species grows to 35 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef south to the central coast of New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Lutjanus kasmira

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Bluestripe Seaperch specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
kasmira
Genus:
Lutjanus
Family:
Lutjanidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


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