Lutjanus monostigma (Cuvier, 1828)
Lutjanus monostigma (Cuvier, 1828)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Lutjanus monostigma

English Name: One-spot snapper

Creole Name: Semiz

French Name: Vivaneau églefin

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 13-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 8-9.

Elongate, moderately deep-bodied snapper. Dorsal profile of head moderately sloped; posterior profile of dorsal and anal fins rounded to somewhat angular. Caudal fin 
truncate to slightly emarginate. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line.

Colour yellowish to pinkish, grey or brown on upper back and dorsal portion of head. Sometimes colour is richer with orangish-yellow on body and pinkish–red on head.
A black spot or blotch, sometimes faint or absent, on back intersected by lateral line and below anterior soft dorsal rays. Fins are yellow. 


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 60 cm TL.

(Russell: The estimated length of female maturity is 32 cm).

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coral reef areas, usually close to shelter in the form of caves, large coral formations, and wreckage (depth 1-60 m, usually 5-30 m). Solitary or in small groups. 
Feeds mainly on fishes and benthic crustaceans, primarily crabs, at night.


Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the hand line fishery, but is only an occasional catch and not abundant.





Allen, G.R. (1985). FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6 Snappers of the World. UNFAO Rome 1985.
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2019). FishBase. (26/03/19).
Russell, B. et al. (2016). Lutjanus monostigma. The IUCN Red List 2016: (26/03/19).


Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Lutjanus monostigma, One-spot snapper. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 20/07/22).

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