Animal Species:Fiveline Snapper, Lutjanus quinquelineatus (Bloch, 1790)

The Fiveline Snapper can be recognised by its colouration. It is yellow with five blue lines on the body. It is found in tropical waters and some temperate waters of the Indo-West Pacific.

Fiveline Snapper, Lutjanus quinquelineatus

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Standard Common Name

Five-line Snapper

Alternative Name/s

Blue-banded Sea-perch, Five-lined Seaperch, Gold-striped Sea-perch

Identification

The Fiveline Snapper can be recognised by its colouration. It is yellow with five blue lines on the body. There is often a diffuse dark blotch on the back below the dorsal fin rays and above the lateral line.

Size range

The species grows to 35 cm in length.

Distribution

It is found in tropical waters and some temperate waters of the Indo-West Pacific.In Australia the Fiveline Snapper occurs from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and 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 quinquelineatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Fiveline Snapper specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
quinquelineatus
Genus:
Lutjanus
Family:
Lutjanidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

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. 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.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Fiveline Snapper, Lutjanus quinquelineatus, Lutjanidae, yellow, blue stripes, stripes or bands, tropical water, temperate water, Blue-banded Sea-perch, Five-lined Seaperch, Gold-striped Sea-perch, 30 cm - 1 m, marine,