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Fish of the Week - Mahogany Snapper
Grayish-olive with a reddish tinge.
Conspicuous dark spot, about the size of they eye, below the soft dorsal fin, ¼ to ½ of it below the lateral line.
The large eye and caudal fin are bright red.
Lower margin of the preopercle has prominent spur with strong and sharp serrations.
Similar Fish: Lane snapper, L. synagris.
Size: To 3 pounds (15 inches).
Habitat: Nearshore or offshore in clear water, usually over reefs.
Notes: The Spanish name, ojanco, refers to its large eyes; a night feeder, with diet of smaller fishes.
Art by Diane Rome Peebles
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