Lutjanus vittus   (Quoy & Gaimard,  1824) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Brownish to pale red-yellow with numerous oblique dark brown lines above. Below, the color is silvery with horizontal light brown lines running along the body following the scale rows. A dark brown to bluish stripe occurs along the middle of the body in both sides and runs from the eye to the upper base of the caudal fin. The fins, except for the pelvic fins which are whitish, are yellowish.

Body is elongate and moderately compressed. Has a broad space between eye and upper jaw, equal to eye diameter in adults; eye diameter about 1.2 times in snout length; preopercular notch distinct but shallow; vertical and horizontal edges of preoperculum finely serrated. Teeth small, in narrow bands in jaws, with an outer series of distant caninoids or canines; teeth on vomer in a triangular shaped patch, sometimes with posterior prolongation. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13 soft rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 7 or 8 soft rays. Caudal fin slightly emarginate or truncate. Scales on head beginning above middle of eyes; soft parts of dorsal and anal fins with a scaly sheath. Scale-rows above lateral-line appear to rise obliquely to dorsal profile, those below lateral line horizontal; transverse scale rows on body 6 or 7 above and 16 to 18 below lateral line.

Synonym (s)
Lutjanus vitta
Serranus vitta Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Lutianus vitta Day, 1875
Lutjanus vitta Day, 1889

Common Name (s)
• Brownstripe Red Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fishes, cephalopods, crustaceans


• Persian Gulf
• Gulf of Oman
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -

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