- 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)
Coastal waters near structure.
Spawn in July and August. Feed on fish, crustaceans, and snails.
State Record: 30 lb 4 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles