Animal Species:Twospot Snapper, Lutjanus biguttatus (Valenciennes, 1830)

The Twospot Snapper is a slender fish. It is dark brown above, paler brown-yellow below, and has a broad white stripe laterally. There are two white spots high on the back.

Twospot Snapper at Lizard Island

Anne Hoggett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Twospot Snapper

Identification

The Twospot Snapper is a slender fish. It is dark brown above, paler brown-yellow below, and has a broad white stripe laterally. There are two white spots high on the back.

Size range

The species grows to about 20 cm in length.

Distribution

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

In Australia it is known from off the north-western coast of Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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 biguttatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Twospot Snapper specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

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

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1985. Snappers of the World. An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Lutjanid Species Known to Date. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6. FAO. Rome. Pp. 208, Pl. I-XXVII.
  2. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, ichthyology, Twospot Snapper, Lutjanus biguttatus, slender, dark brown, pale underside, white stripe, stripes or bands, dots/spots, white spots, 10 cm - 30 cm, coral reef, tropical water, marine, Great Barrier Reef,