Red Bass (species: Lutjanus bohar) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lutjanus bohar
Red Bass

©Andy Lewis: An adult Red Bass swimming midwater

©Andy Lewis: A juvenile Red Bass

©Andy Lewis: An adult Red Bass in shallow water
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Lutjanus
Species Lutjanus bohar



Distinguishing features

A medium to large reddish-silver fish with an orange eye. Juveniles are dark brown with a pale tail and a small silver dot at the base of the dorsal fin.


  • Up to 90 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 lagoonal patch reefs and back reef margins, and in schools along reef fronts and passes.

Can be found in most locations around the island.


This species is one of the largest Snappers, and feeds mainly on reef fishes although it will also take cephalopods and other invertebrates. They are one of the longest lived and slowest growing reef fishes, not becoming reproductively mature until 8-9 years old and reaching maximum size at about 15 years of age, with some specimens living until 55 years old. The small juveniles mimic damselfishes from the genus Chromis, in order to get close to potential prey.

Web resources


  • unspecified - This species is known to have caused ciguatera poisoning and should not be eaten.


  • Bostrom-Einarsson, L., M.C. Bonin, S. Moon and (2018). Environmental impact monitoring of household vinegar-injections to cull crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster spp. Ocean and Coastal Management, 155: 83-89. LIRS catalog number 2202.
  • Braun, C. (2015). LIRS catalog number 1897.
  • Ceccarelli, D.M., M.J. Emslie and Z.T. Richards (2016). Post-disturbance stability of fish assemblages measured at coarse taxonomic resolution masks change at finer scales. PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156232. LIRS catalog number 1971.
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