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Lane Snapper: Lutjanus synagris

Appearance:

  • Color silvery-pink to reddish with short, irregular pink and yellow lines on its sides
  • Diffuse black spot, about as large as the eye
  • The dorsal fin centered above the lateral line
  • The outer margin of caudal fin blackish

Habitat:

Juvenile lane snapper are found inshore over grass beds or shallow reefs.  Adults are typically found offshore and are most common in south Florida.

Behavior:

Lane snapper spawn from March through September.  They are sexually mature at 6 inches.  Lane snapper feed on the bottom, eating crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Additional Information

State Record: 6 lb 6 oz, caught near Pensacola

Lane snapper are similar in appearance to  mutton snapper, L. analis. However, the anal fin is rounded in lane snapper and pointed in mutton.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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