Queen Snapper: Etelis oculatus


  • Back and upper sides are red, fading to a lighter belly
  • Large yellow eyes
  • Tail is deeply forked
  • Body is long and slender
  • Dorsal fin with a notch in the middle
  • No dark spot on side below dorsal fin

Similar Species: Other snappers 

Size: Up to 36 inches 


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. Mainly consume small fishes and squid.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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