Brownstripe Snapper (species: Lutjanus vitta) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lutjanus vitta
Brownstripe Snapper

©Anne Hoggett: Lutjanus vitta at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Brownstripe Snapperat Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Lutjanus
Species Lutjanus vitta



Distinguishing features

A pale snapper with yellow tail and fins and a dark stripe from eye to tail. Narrow brownish diagonal bands above the lateral line and horizontal bands below it.


  • Up to 40 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©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

  • Hilomen, V.V. (1997). Inter- and intra-habitat movement patterns and population dynamics of small reef fishes of commercial and recreational significance, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 535.
  • Miller, T.L., R.D. Adlard, R.A. Bray, J.-L. Justine and T.H. Cribb (2010). Cryptic species of Euryakaina n. g. (Digenea: Cryptogonimidae) from sympatric lutjanids in the Indo-West Pacific. Systematic Parasitology, 77: 185-204. LIRS catalog number 1392.
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