About Emperor snapper

The emperor red snapper (Lutjanus sebae) is found in tropical and subtropical sea waters. The species inhabits rocky coasts and coral reefs, preferring flat areas with sandy or gravel bottom, at depths between 5 and 180 m. Juveniles often hide among spines and fins of sea urchins until they are mature enough to hunt on their own. Young fishes, which are less than 20 cm in length, live in coastal turbid water or in mangroves. They move to the depth as they grow.
Emperor red snappers form small schools with fishes of the same size or stay solitary. They feed on crabs, benthic crustaceans, cephalopods, and fish.
It is recognized by a specific colored pattern. It has three wide purple-red stripes, one of them running across the eye. The colored areas are less prominent on large adults, they even can be uniformly colored. The fish is red or pink above and pale below. Emperor red snapper has an oval-shaped, slightly laterally compressed body, typical for perciformes, a large head with a big mouth and small eyes.

Additional info

Salinity Marine, Brackish
Depth From 5 to 180 meters
Length 116 cm
Max Weight 32.7 cm
Red List Least concern
Threat to Human Ciguatera

Known names


Lutianus sebae

Local names
Australia Emperor red snapper, Government bream, King snapper, Queenfish, Red emperor, Redfish, Red kelp

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