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Mahogany Snapper

Lutjanus mahogoni


Illustration of a mahogany snapper showing important characteristics
  • Olive gray color with a reddish hue, fading to a lighter belly
  • Large red eye
  • Edges of fins are red
  • Dark spot present on lateral line
  • Preopercle (cheek) with serrated spur

Similar Species: Lane snapper, L. synagris (has yellow stripes and a smaller eye) 

Size: Up to 15 inches (3 pounds) 


Prefer clear coastal waters, usually over reefs.


Feeds at night on small fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

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

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles