Common name: bluestripe snapper
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Identification: Body is bright yellow with four bright blue stripes running horizontally along the side. The belly and underside of the head is white with many faint greyish stripes. All fins are yellow. (Allen 1985)
Size: max size 35 cm (TL); matures around 20-25 cm (TL)
Native Range: Marine; Tropical Pacific. Widespread from the Marquesas and Line Islands to East Africa, and from Australia to southern Japan. (Allen 1985)
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Lutjanus kasmira are found here.
Table last updated 10/4/2018
† Populations may not be currently present.
Ecology: This fish inhabits coral reefs at depths greater than 15 m. Frequently found in large aggreations by day, and at night feeds mainly on crustaceans (Allen 1985; Randall 1995). Feeds on fishes, shrimp, crabs, stomatopods, cephalopods and planktonic crusteaceans. (Allen 1985).
Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked in the 1950s for recreational and commercial fishing purposes.
References: (click for full references)
Allen, G.R. 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol 6. Snappers of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fish Synop. (125)Vol6:208p.
Maciolek, J.A. 1984. Exotic Fishes in Hawaii and Other Islands of Oceania, p. 131-161, in W.R. Courtaney, Jr. and J.R. Stauffer, Jr. (eds). Distribution, Biology, and Management of Exotic Fishes.John Hopkins Press University Press, Baltimore, MD.
Randall, J.E. 1995. Fishes of Oman. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
Tilmant, J.T. 1999. Management of nonindigenous aquatic fish in the U.S. National Park System. National Park Service. 50 pp.
Pam Fuller, and Denise R. Gregoire-Lucente
Revision Date: 9/17/2015
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Pam Fuller, and Denise R. Gregoire-Lucente, 2019, Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskål, 1775): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=774, Revision Date: 9/17/2015, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 2/20/2019
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