Queen Snapper (Australian)


The Queen Snapper, scientifically ⁤known as Etelis coruscans, belongs to the family Lutjanidae. This reclusive and elusive fish species is a⁣ jewel of the underwater world with its⁤ vibrant red color ‌and⁤ elegant, elongated body.

Conservation Status

The⁤ Queen Snapper⁤ is classified⁤ as ‘Least Concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of ‌Nature⁣ (IUCN). However, sustainable fishing practices are encouraged to maintain the population ⁢of the​ species.


Statistic Average Range
Length 110 cm 60 – 150 cm
Weight 15 kg 5 -‍ 30 ⁣kg
Average Lifespan 20⁣ years


Native to the⁢ temperate and​ tropical waters⁢ of the Indo-Pacific region, the Queen Snapper‍ is found‍ off northern‌ Australia’s coast. It has also been observed in South⁢ East Asia and as‍ far ​west as the Red Sea.


The Queen Snapper ​favors offshore reefs and islands, typically‌ found at‌ depths between 150 and 400 meters. It thrives in temperatures between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius.

When and Where to ​See

The Queen Snapper can usually⁢ be spotted during the warmer months, specifically from November through March. They are often ​more active during the ‍night.

Best Fishing Locations

Here are the top locations to catch a Queen Snapper:

  1. Northwest Shelf, Australia
  2. Torres Strait, Australia
  3. Great​ Barrier Reef, Australia
  4. Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea
  5. Banda Sea, Indonesia
  6. Bay of Bengal, India
  7. Andaman Sea, ​Thailand
  8. Gulf ‍of Thailand, Thailand
  9. Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
  10. Persian Gulf, United Arab Emirates

For those who can’t travel to these specific locations,⁤ look for this species in deep ⁢offshore waters, around⁢ underwater structures or rocky reefs.

How to‍ Catch

To ‌catch the Queen Snapper, squid or live bait is often the most effective. Deep sea fishing techniques, including bottom bouncing, are recommended. The best ⁤time to fish is during⁢ the warmer months and mostly‌ at night.

Identification Guide

The Queen ‍Snapper is characterized by its slender, elongated body and ⁣large ‌mouth. It has a bright red to pink ⁤coloration, a deeply⁤ forked tail, and sharp spines on⁤ its dorsal fin. ‌It can be distinguished⁤ from similar species by its size and‌ vivid color.

Culinary ‌Information

The Queen Snapper is ⁤a delicacy among seafood lovers. Its firm, white flesh is mild tasting and ⁢low in fat.⁢ It can be grilled, baked, or⁤ fried and is often served with a squeeze of lemon and a side of ⁢vegetables.

Additional Information

Feeding primarily on smaller fish and crustaceans, the⁤ Queen Snapper ⁢does not ⁤have many natural predators due to its large size ⁣and habitat depth. ‍However, it faces threats from overfishing and ⁤habitat​ destruction due to commercial fishing.

References and Further Reading

1. Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

2. FishBase

3. MarineBio Conservation Society