Mangrove jack

  • Mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus)
    Adult mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus)
  • Photo of a juvenile Mangrove jack
    Juvenile mangrove jack
Scientific name

Lutjanus argentimaculatus

Other names
  • jack
  • dogtooth bream
  • red bream.
Frequent misidentifications
  • golden snapper.
Description
  • back and sides are greenish-brown to reddish
  • long snout
  • belly is slightly red to bronze with white edges on scales
  • sides of juveniles have a series of about eight whitish bars
  • one or two blue lines on the cheeks of juveniles
  • long canine teeth.
Distribution
  • deeper reef areas, to depths in excess of 100 m
  • mangrove estuaries, lower reaches of freshwater streams (juveniles, young adults)
  • all Queensland waters.
Size
  • 40 cm common length, 120 cm maximum total length.
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 35cm
  • possession limit of five.

Further information

Last updated 23 October 2009