The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Lutjanus kasmira
Lutjanus kasmira
(bluestripe snapper)
Marine Fishes

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Lutjanus kasmira (Forsskål, 1775)

Common name: bluestripe snapper

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

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)

Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

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.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
HI195520228Hawaii; Hawaii; Kahoolawe; Kauai; Lanai; Maui; Niihau; Oahu

Table last updated 2/27/2023

† Populations may not be currently present.

Ecology: This fish inhabits coral reefs at depths greater than 15 m. Frequently found in large aggregations by day, and at night feeds mainly on crustaceans (Allen 1985; Randall 1995). Feeds on fishes, shrimp, crabs, stomatopods, cephalopods and planktonic crustaceans. (Allen 1985).

Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked in the 1950s for recreational and commercial fishing purposes.  

Status: Established.

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.

FishBase Summary

Author: Pam Fuller, and Denise R. Gregoire-Lucente

Revision Date: 2/23/2023

Peer Review Date: 9/17/2015

Citation Information:
Pam Fuller, and Denise R. Gregoire-Lucente, 2023, 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: 2/23/2023, Peer Review Date: 9/17/2015, Access Date: 6/9/2023

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