Blackfin Snapper

Blackfin Snapper: Lutjanus buccanella


  • Color is generally red, with yellowish caudal, anal, and pelvic fins
  • Distinctive and prominent dark comma-shaped blotch at the base of the pectoral fins, which gives the fish its common name
  • The anal fin is rounded
  • No black spot found on the side underneath dorsal fin



Adult blackfin snapper are found offshore near the continental shelf.


Blackfin snapper aer sometimes marketed as red snapper.  They feed on smaller fishes.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Size: common to 20 inches, larger adults seeking deeper waters.

Additional Information:

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Divers must make reasonable efforts to stay within 300 feet of a divers-down flag on open waters and within 100 feet of a flag within rivers, inlets or navigation channels.

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