As its namesake says, this species of snapper has horizontal, almost magnetic-looking blue stripes that dominate its yellow body.
Lutjanus kasmira lives in shallow reefs and can be found throughout many tropical regions such as Hawaii, India and Australia.
The blue stripe snapper can spawn at any time of the year. Its diet consists of crustaceans, crabs, shrimp and varieties of plankton and algae. What is eaten varies depending on the age of the snappers. The younger fish that typically swim in schools prefer to live near sandy bottoms, while the adults will live in deeper reef areas.
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