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Moses Snapper

( Lutjanus russellii )

Other names

Moses Perch, Moses’ Snapper, Fingermark Bream, Russell’s Sea-perch, Russell’s Snapper, Red Bream

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family Lutjanidae (tropical snappers and seaperches)
  • Can grow to 50cm in length and 2kg in weight
  • More commonly called Moses Perch
  • Not to be confused with Bluestriped Snapper (Lutjanus kasmira) or Fiveline Snapper (Lutjanus quinquelineatus)
  • Lives for at least 21 years
  • Distinguishing black blotch below soft dorsal fin
  • Found in Australia’s warmer waters from NSW to WA
  • Frequents coral reef environments
  • Often found in large schools
  • Carnivorous
  • Good eating