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Fiveline snapper

Lutjanus quinquelineatus

(Image credit: Erik Schlögl)

Juveniles have transparent upper body and fins with silver head and belly. Black spot below rear of the dorsal fin is prominent. The eyes are large.

Adults have large eyes, their body is bright yellow in colour with 5 horizontal bright blue stripes running the entire length of the body. The blue stripes have faint black edges. The underside is a light yellowish silver shade. Fins are yellow. Older fish have a black head and a yellow underside. Some individuals may have a faint black spot, larger than the eye, below the rear of the dorsal fin.

Length: Up to 38 cm


Juveniles in small groups among rubble. Adults in small groups on inner reefs and sheltered lagoons; 2-40 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log if spotted in Port Stephens and south

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/

Number of sightings 3

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