Mutton Snapper: Lutjanus analis


  • Olive green color on back and upper sides, fading to a lighter belly
  • Chevron-shaped vomerine tooth patch
  • Anal fin pointed
  • Dark spot on side, just above lateral line
  • Blue stripe below eye, following contour of gill cover
  • Red hue on fins below the lateral line

Similar Species: Lane snapper, L. synagris (rounded anal fin) 

Size: Up to 30 inches (25 pounds) 


Coastal waters near structure.


Spawn in July and August. Feed on fish, crustaceans, and snails.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 30 lb 4 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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