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Lutjanus is a genus of snappers found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They are predatory fish usually found in tropical and subtropical reefs, and mangrove forests.[1] This genus also includes two species (L. fuscescens and L. maxweberi) that only occur in fresh and brackish waters.[1]

Lutjanus kasmira
Scientific classification

Bloch, 1790
Type species
Lutjanus lutjanus
Bloch, 1790
  • Bennettia Fowler, 1904
  • Diacope Cuvier, 1815
  • Evoplites Gill, 1862
  • Genyoroge Cantor, 1849
  • Hobar Forsskål, 1775 (not used)
  • Jordanichthys Evermann & Clark, 1928
  • Loxolutjanus Fowler, 1931
  • Lutianus Bloch, 1790 (misspelling by original and subsequent authors)
  • Mesoprion Cuvier, 1828
  • Naqua Forsskål, 1775 (not available)
  • Neomaenis Girard, 1858
  • Neomesoprion Castelnau, 1875
  • Parkia Fowler, 1904
  • Percaprionodes Fowler, 1944
  • Rabirubia Jordan & Fesler, 1893
  • Raizero Jordan & Fesler, 1893
  • Rhomboplitoides Fowler, 1918


Currently, 73 recognized species are placed in this genus:[2]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). Species of Lutjanus in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  2. ^ Allen, G. R.; Talbot, F. H. (1985). "Review of the Snappers of the Genus Lutjanus (Pisces: Lutjanidae) from the Indo-Pacific, with the Description of a New Species". Indo-Pacific fishes. Honolulu: Bishop Museum. 11: 1–87 pp., 80 col figd.
  3. ^ a b Allen, G.R., White, W.T. & Erdmann, M.V. (2013). "Two new species of snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae: Lutjanus) from the Indo-West Pacific" (PDF). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. 6: 33–51.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Iwatsuki, Y., Tanaka, F. & Allen, G.R. (2015). "Lutjanus xanthopinnis, a new species of snapper (Pisces: Lutjanidae) from the Indo-west Pacific, with a redescription of Lutjanus madras (Valenciennes 1831)" (PDF). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. 17: 22–42.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Iwatsuki, Y., Al-Mamry, J.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (2016): Validity of a blue stripe snapper, Lutjanus octolineatus (Cuvier 1828) and a related species, L. bengalensis (Bloch 1790) with a new species (Pisces; Lutjanidae) from the Arabian Sea. Zootaxa, 4098 (3): 511–528.