Lutjanus kasmira (Bluestripe Snapper)


Bluestripe Snappers have a bright yellow back and sides, with the lower sides and underside of head fading to white. Four bright-blue stripes run longitudinally on the side of the fish, with several faint greyish stripes on lowermost part of sides. All fins are yellow.


Has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List.


Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Marquesas and Line islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. Southeast Atlantic: East London, South Africa.
The Bluestripe Snapper is reef-associated and has a depth range between 3 and 265 meters.
Adults can be found around coral reefs in both shallow lagoons and on outer reef slopes.
Frequently in large groups arounc coral formation, caves or wrecks during the day.
Juveniles inhabit seagrass beds around patch reefs (small isolated platforms of coral).


Spawning occurs throughout most of the year in lower latitudes
When it is time to mate, they sometimes dance in circles with their partners towards the surface of the water.


The common length is 25.0 cm and the max length is 40.0 cm.

Prey / Predation

Feed on fishes, shrimps, crabs, stomatopods, cephalopods, and planktonic crustaceans. Also eats a variety of algae.

Special features

The Bluestripe Snapper has a mimicry relationship with the Goatfish (Mulloidichthys mimicus).
The Goatfish colouration nearly exactly matches that of the snapper.
The goatfish school alongside the snapper, with this behavior attributed to predatory protection.