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Moses' snapper

Lutjanus russellii

(Image credit: David Harasti)

Grey-silver to a light brown with a pink tinge. Upper portion of head and back are usually slightly darker than rest of body. An elongated oval black spot is present below the rear of the dorsal fin. Sometimes this spot is quite faint. The pectoral, pelvic and anal fins have yellowish tinges. Juveniles have 4-6 brown horizontal lines running along the body.

Length: Up to 45 cm


Juveniles in mangroves and estuaries. Adults on inner and outer reef and rocky areas; 0-100 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log if spotted south of Bate Bay

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.

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

Number of sightings 3

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