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Mutton Snapper

Lutjanus analis

Appearance

Illustration of a mutton snapper showing important characteristics
  • Olive green color on back and upper sides, fading to a lighter belly
  • Chevron-shaped vomerine tooth patch
  • Anal fin pointed
  • Dark spot on side, just above lateral line
  • Blue stripe below eye, following contour of gill cover
  • Red hue on fins below the lateral line

Similar Species: Lane snapper, L. synagris (rounded anal fin) 

Size: Up to 30 inches (25 pounds) 

Habitat

Coastal waters near structure.

Behavior

Spawn in July and August. Feed on fish, crustaceans, and snails.

Additional Information

State Record: 30 lb 4 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas

Recreational Regulations