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Queen Snapper: Etelis oculatus

Appearance:

  • Color of back and upper sides red
  • Silvery body long and slender
  • Dorsal fin distinctly notched
  • Large eyes
  • Caudal fin deeply forked
  • No dark lateral spot

Habitat:

Queen snapper are common offshore over rocky reefs of the continental shelf to 450 feet deep.  Young queen snapper suspend at mid-depths.

Behavior:

There is little is known about the queen snapper, but it is reported that adults live at depths greater than 400 feet.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Additional Information:

Queen snapper are a small species, usually less than 20 inches.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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