Silk Snapper: Lutjanus vivanus


  • 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) 


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


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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