Moses Snapper (species: Lutjanus russellii) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lutjanus russellii
Moses Snapper

©Anne Hoggett: Lutjanus russellii at Dynamite Pass (Reef 14-140) near Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Lutjanus russellii at Lizard Island. The dark blotch at rear is not always present but there is always a dark spot at the base of the pectoral fin.

©Rick Stuart-Smith: Lutjanus russellii, Lizard Island area.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Lutjanus
Species Lutjanus russellii



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 50 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1997). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea: Second edition Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.

Other references

  • Grutter, A.S. (1997). Effect of the removal of cleaner fish on the abundance and species composition of reef fish, Oecologia, 111: 137-143. LIRS catalog number 504.
  • 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.
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