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Golden snapper

Lutjanus johnii

(Image credit: Rick Stuart-Smith, Reef Life Survey)

Golden snapper are typically a yellow colour with a bronze/silvery sheen, and a whiter colour on the belly. They have a big black blotch on their side, situated towards the upper rear. In the middle of each individual scale there is a reddish-brown spot, this gives the overall appearance that there is a series of horizontal lines on the side of their bodies.

Length: Up to 1 m


Adults on reef, whilst juveniles in mangrove habitats in estuaries; 0-100 m depth

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In Queensland waters, log this species south of Rockhampton

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Froese F, Pauly D (2011) Fishbase. www.fishbase.org

Battaglene, S. And Fielder, S. (1997) The status of marine fish larval rearing technology in Australia. Hydrobiologia 359: 1-5

Pers. Comm, Bill Sawynok 2012

Number of sightings 2

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