Bluestripe Seaperch Click to enlarge image
A Bluestripe Seaperch at a depth of 18 m, Ribbon Reef # 3, Great Barrier Reef, off Cooktown, Queensland, December 2001. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    kasmira
    Genus
    Lutjanus
    Family
    Lutjanidae
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 35 cm in length.

Introduction

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

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.

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.



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.