Stripey Snapper (species: Lutjanus carponotatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lutjanus carponotatus
Stripey Snapper

©Andy Lewis: An adult Stripey Snapper

©Andy Lewis: A juvenile Stripey Snapper
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Lutjanus
Species Lutjanus carponotatus



Distinguishing features

A medium-large fish with a large eye and distinct yellow-brown stripes running horizontally along the body. Usually seen singly or in small groups over coral reef areas.


  • Up to 40 cm (Standard length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Usually found singly around areas of good coral growth, occasionally seen in schools along the reef front.

Can be found in most locations around the island.


This species preys upon small fishes and crustaceans, and will feed during the day, especially near dawn and dusk. They mature at 2-3 years old and may live to 15 years, although they grow little more after 4 years.

Web resources


  • Arnal, C. (2000). Ecologie comportementale de la symbiose poisson nettoyeur/ poisson client: motivations et honnĂȘtetĂ©, Ph.D. thesis, University of Perpignan, France. LIRS catalog number 637.
  • Becker, J.H.A. (2006). Interactions between cleaner shrimp and their client fishes on coral reefs, Ph.D. thesis, University of Queensland. LIRS catalog number 978.
  • Braun, C. (2015). LIRS catalog number 1897.
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