five-lined snapper

Scientific name Lutjanus quinquelineatus
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1790
IUCN category LC
Family Lutjanidae
Genus Lutjanus
Lutjanus quinquelineatus Lutjanus quinquelineatus


Lutjanus quinquelineatus, commonly known as five-lined snapper, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    38 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    38 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the five-lined snapper ?

The five-lined snapper measures between 30 and 38 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and bleu body. The also has jaune horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The five-lined snapper hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The five-lined snapper is a fish gregarious naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, outside of the hunting season, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The five-lined snapper is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 40 m

Biotope presentation

The five-lined snapper is most often found at a depth between 1m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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