Queen Snapper: Etelis oculatus
- 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
Queen snapper are common offshore over rocky reefs of the continental shelf to 450 feet deep. Young queen snapper suspend at mid-depths.
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.
Queen snapper are a small species, usually less than 20 inches.
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles