Lutjanus alexandrei

Common Name

Brazilian Snapper

Year Described

Moura & Lindeman, 2007


Dorsal Fin: X, 14
Anal Fin: III, 8
Pectoral Fin: 16
Gill Rakers: 5-6 upper, 9-14 lower; 17-19 total
Lateral Line Scales: 43-48

Body relatively deep and moderately compressed. Upper and lower jaws with a row of conical teeth. Anterior upper jaw teeth enlarged. Vomerine teeth in a anchor-shaped patch with a median extension. Palatine teeth an elongate band. Ectopterygoid teeth absent. Soft dorsal and anal fins with scales on membranes. Maxilla scaleless. No distinct notch between spiny and soft dorsal fins. Last dorsal ray not elongated. Soft dorsal fin pointed. Anal fin angular and pointed. Caudal fin emarginate.


Body silvery with a reddish sheen. Usually ~6 narrow pale vertical bars on dorsum. Blue markings on head. Fins a darker shade of red. Juveniles olive with pale bars, a dark eye-stripe, red fins, and blue markings on the head.


Maximum size to 25cm TL.


Coastal waters in a range of habitats (coral reefs, rocky reefs, sandy bottoms, mangrove lagoons, estuaries, etc.).


Southwestern Atlantic: Equatorial Brazil to Bahia, Brazil.


Moura, R.L. & K.C. Lindeman, 2007. A new species of snapper (Perciformes: Lutjanidae) from Brazil, with comments on the distribution of Lutjanus griseus and L. apodus. Zootaxa 1422:31-43.