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Silk Snapper: Lutjanus vivanus

Appearance:

  • Body is pinkish-red, fading to a lighter belly
  • Sides have undulating yellow lines
  • Yellow eye
  • Rear of anal fin pointed
  • Pectoral fins pale yellow
  • Back edge of tail trimmed in black
  • No dark spot on sides in adults

Similar Species: Red snapper, L. campechanus (has a red eye) 

Size: Usually less than 30 inches (5 pounds) 

Habitat:

Common offshore over rocky ledges in very deep water. Most common in south Florida.

Behavior:

Spawn late spring through summer. Feed on fishes and crustaceans.

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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