Bigeye snapper

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Lutjanus lutjanus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Lutjanidae
Genus: Lutjanus
Species: L. lutjanus
Binomial name
Lutjanus lutjanus
Bloch, 1790
  • Lutjanus blochii Lacépède, 1802
  • Mesoprion caroui G. Cuvier, 1828
  • Serranus nouleny Valenciennes, 1828
  • Diacope lineolata Rüppell, 1829
  • Lutianus lineolatus (Rüppell, 1829)
  • Lutjanus lineolatus (Rüppell, 1829)
  • Mesoprion erythrognathus Valenciennes, 1831
  • Mesoprion xanthopterygius Bleeker, 1849
  • Rhomboplitoides megalops Fowler, 1918

The bigeye snapper (Lutjanus lutjanus), also known as the bigeye snapper, big-eye snapper, bigeye seaperch, red sea lined snapper, golden striped snapper, tropical snapper, rosy snapper, yellow snapper, or simply snapper, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.[2][3] It inhabits offshore coral reefs at depths from near the surface to 96 m (315 ft). This species is mostly silver in color with a yellow stripe along the side and fainter yellow lines on the lower half of the body. Fins are yellowish to whitish. It can reach a length of 35 cm (14 in).


The bigeye snapper mostly lives throughout the Indo-Pacific. It is found in much of the Indian Ocean; specifically, from Japan to Australia and from East Africa to the Solomon Islands. It is common in the Pacific Ocean, particularly in the Western parts of it. It also has been found in the Southeastern Atlantic ocean. It is a common species, very abundant in the areas that it inhabits.[1] It is much sought-after by commercial fisheries.[4]


  1. ^ a b Russell, B.; Smith-Vaniz, W.F.; Lawrence, A.; Carpenter, K.E.; Myers, R. "Lutjanus lutjanus". IUCN. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  2. ^ Froese, R.; Pauly, D. "Lutjanus lutjanus Bloch, 1790". WoRMS. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Lutjanus lutjanus". ITIS. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lutjanus lutjanus" in FishBase. December 2013 version.