Lane Snapper: Lutjanus synagris


Also known as candy snapper.

  • Pinkish-red color on back, fading to a silvery belly 8 to 10 yellowish stripes on sides
  • Anal fin rounded
  • Dark spot on side, touching the lateral line, about as large as the eye
  • Edge of tail trimmed in black

Similar Species: Mutton snapper, L. analis (has pointed anal fin) 

Size: Usually less than 14 inches (1 pound) 


Coastal waters near structure. Most common in south Florida. Juveniles found inshore over grass beds or shallow reefs.  


Spawn March to September. Sexually mature at 6 inches. Feed on the bottom, eating crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website  6 lb 6 oz, caught near Pensacola

Recreational Regulations

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