Lutjanus quinquelineatus   (Bloch,  1790) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20-38 cm.

Color: Generally yellow including fins with 5 blue stripes on side and a large blackish blotch (sometimes faint) on back below soft dorsal fin.

A small, robust snapper with a prominent notch on rear edge of preopercle. Vomerine teeth in a narrow ^ shaped patch, without a median projection; gillrakers on first gill arch 7+1+11 or 12 (including rudiments). Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13 or 14 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays; caudal fin emarginate; lateral line scales 48 to 50; longitudinal scale rows ascending obliquely above lateral line and running horizontally below it; predorsal scales beginning at midinterorbital space; preopercle with 9 or 10 scale rows, including those on lower border.

Age: 31 years

Synonym (s)
Holocentrus quinquelineatus Bloch, 1790
Diacope decemlineata Valenciennes, 1830
Diacope spilura Bennett, 1833
Genyoroge notata sexlineatus Saville-Kent, 1893
Genyoroge grammica Day, 1871
Genyoroge notata sublineata De Vis, 1884
Grammistes quinquevittatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Holocentrus quinquelinearis Bloch, 1790
Holocentrus quinquelineatus Bloch, 1790
Lutianus quinquelineatus (Bloch, 1790)
Lutianus spilurus (Bennett, 1833)
Lutjanus spilurus (Bennett, 1833)

Common Name (s)
• Five Lined Snapper (English)
• Fivelined Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish, aquarium, marketed fresh or frozen)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Fishes and crustaceans


• South INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore Coast INDIA (Record: 08/2008, 10/2008-12/2008)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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