Sailfin snapper (species: Symphorichthys spilurus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Symphorichthys spilurus
Sailfin snapper

©Lyle Vail: A subadult Sailfin snapper at Lizard Island, about 45 cm long

©Anne Hoggett: Symphorichthys spilurus at Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island, at night
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Symphorichthys
Species Symphorichthys spilurus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 60 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Kerry, J.T. and D. R. Bellwood (2015). Competition for shelter in a high-diversity system: structure use by large reef fishes, Coral Reefs, doi 10.1007/s00338-015-1362-3. LIRS catalog number 1937.
  • Kerry, J.T. and D.R. Bellwood (2017). Environmental drivers of sheltering behaviour in large reef fishes. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 125: 254-259. LIRS catalog number 2183.
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