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
Offshore over structure.
Spawns April to September. Females mature at 3 to 4 years of age. Grows slowly.
Feeds on fishes, mollusks and small, swimming crustaceans.
State Record: 6.19 lbs. Gulf of Mexico in 2017
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles