Lutjanus sapphirolineatus, Arabian blue-striped snapper

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Lutjanus sapphirolineatus Iwatsuki, Al-Mamry & Heemstra, 2016

Arabian blue-striped snapper
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Teleostei (teleosts) > Eupercaria/misc (Various families in series Eupercaria) > Lutjanidae (Snappers) > Lutjaninae
Etymology: Lutjanus: Malay, ikan lutjan, name of a fish;  sapphirolineatus: Named for its diagnostic character of four blue stripes on the body of this species..

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated. Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Indian Ocean: apparently confined to the Middle East; currently known only from Somalia and Oman; possibly to southern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 110188)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XI, 13; A III, 8; pectoral fin 17; lateral-line scales 47-49: horizontal scale rows above lateral line 5 or 6; scale rows above lateral line rising obliquely toward dorsal profile; predorsal scales extending forward just above anterior edge of orbit; scale rows on cheek 6 or 7, no subocular extension of smaller scales; subocular extension of cheek scales irregularly present in 1 or 2 row(s) anteriorly and 3 or 4 rows posteriorly below eye, respecitvely; gill-rakers on first arch 8 or 9 + 18 or 19 = 26?28; tongue smooth, toothless; preopercular notch developed just above angle; interopercular knob inconspicuous; belly with white with yellow spot on each scale forming narrow, longitudinal, yellow lines; dark-edged blue stripes 4, the first blue stripe almost running from above posterior nostril to the tenth dorsal fin spine base; third stripe just from upper rear edge of eye, through upper part of opercle, tapering posteriorly and extending to upper part of caudal peduncle below last soft dorsal-ray base; fourth blue stripe from just above midpoint of lower jaw, below eye and continuing through opercle, above upper pectoral-fin base to caudal peduncle (Ref. 110188).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Iwatsuki, Y., J.M. Al-Mamry and P.C. Heemstra, 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. (Ref. 110188)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 28 June 2018


Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01445 (0.00702 - 0.02976), b=2.97 (2.81 - 3.13), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100).