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Vermilion Snapper

Rhomboplites aurorubens

Appearance

Illustration of a vermilion snapper showing important characteristics

Also known as mingo or beeliner.

  • Rosy-red back, fading to a lighter belly
  • May have irregular yellow lines on sides below the lateral line
  • Large red eyes
  • Anal fin not sharply pointed
  • Rhomboid-like vomerine tooth patch 
  • No large canine teeth

Similar Species: Red snapper, L. campechanus (has pointed anal fin) 

Size: Up to 24 inches (6 pounds); common to 14 inches and under 2 pounds 

Habitat

Offshore over structure.

Behavior

Spawns April to September. Females mature at 3 to 4 years of age. Grows slowly.

Feeds on fishes, mollusks and small, swimming crustaceans.