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Sailfin snapper

  • Photo of a sailfin snapper
    Adult sailfin snapper (Photo: JE Randall)
  • Photo of a juvenile sailfin snapper
    Juvenile sailfin snapper (Photo: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Scientific name

Symphorichthys spilurus

  • blue and yellow horizontal stripes from head to tail - wavy on face
  • yellow-orange on belly and leading edges of pectoral, pelvic and anal fins, and bottom of tail fin
  • long filaments on soft dorsal fin
  • steep forehead, orange band over eye and body in line with edge of gill cover
  • black saddle spot on tail base
Family name

Lutjanidae (tropical snappers and seaperches)

Family description
  • most tropical snappers and seaperches are easy to identify by their adult colouration
  • most have strong spinous dorsal fins and a more-or-less continuous dorsal fin which may be slightly notched between the spinous and soft parts
  • they are carnivores and typically feed at night
  • some species are known ciguatoxin carriers
  • mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) and large scale seaperch (fingermark) (Lutjanus johnii) are not considered coral reef fish under the fishery plan
  • jobfishes are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Aphareus, Aprion, Etelis, Parapristipomoides and Pristipomoides
  • representative species have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 25 cm
  • possession limit of 5
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information