Tag: Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus vitta)

Growing to a maximum length of around 40cm, the Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus vitta) is a medium sized Snapper which is may be found singularly or in small groups, although it could not be considered an abundant species in local waters.

The Brown-Striped Snapper is similar in appearance to its smaller, and far more abundant relative, the Big-Eye Snapper Lutjanus lutjanus, with the main difference being the single brown stripe running along the middle of the body, from snout to tail.

Characteristics which are shared with the Big-Eye Snapper include the yellow medial fins (these appear to be more transparent in juveniles) and in particular, the thin diagonal lines above the lateral line.

The single brown stripe along the body tends to be very dark, almost black, in juveniles, fading considerably as the fish matures.

The iris of the eyes may appear brown/red.

As mentioned above, this species is not particularly common in local waters. It may appear in small numbers at some of the shallower inshore reef areas, although is more likely to be found individually at offshore sites such as Sail Rock, generally at depths below 15m.

Growing to a maximum length of around 40cm, the Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus vitta) is a medium sized Snapper which is may be found singularly or in small groups, although it could not be considered an abundant species in local waters.

The Brown-Striped Snapper is similar in appearance to its smaller, and far more abundant relative, the Big-Eye Snapper Lutjanus lutjanus, with the main difference being the single brown stripe running along the middle of the body, from snout to tail.

Characteristics which are shared with the Big-Eye Snapper include the yellow medial fins (these appear to be more transparent in juveniles) and in particular, the thin diagonal lines above the lateral line.

The single brown stripe along the body tends to be very dark, almost black, in juveniles, fading considerably as the fish matures.

The iris of the eyes may appear brown/red.

As mentioned above, this species is not particularly common in local waters. It may appear in small numbers at some of the shallower inshore reef areas, although is more likely to be found individually at offshore sites such as Sail Rock, generally at depths below 15m.

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Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta) Adult

This photo shows what i'm sure is a fully mature adult Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta).

Although all of the references i checked specifically mention the brown stripe along the body as the distinguishing characteristic of the species (as can be seen in my other photos), the brown stripe appears to fade with maturity.

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Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta)

This photo shows what i am sure is an almost mature Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta).
The characteristic brown stripe has faded considerably, but is still visible whilst the fins show the yellow colouration which seems more evident in mature individuals.

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Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta)

This photo shows a Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta) which i suspect is almost mature as the characteristic brown/black stripe along the body is less defined than that of a juvenile .

The body and fins are less pale, with the fins in particular having a more pronounced yellow colouration.

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Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta) - Sub Adult

This photo, taken in the 20 - 30m depth range at Sail Rock shows the more defined brown/black stripe along the body of the juvenile Brown-Striped Snapper (Lutjanus Vitta).