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Queen Snapper

Etelis oculatus

Snapper Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Queen Snapper


Common Name(s):
Queen Snapper, Snapper
Description:
The Queen Snapper is bright red on its upper and lower sides, and shaped more like the Yellowtail. It has silvery sides and a deeply forked red tail that continues to lengthen as the fish grows. The eye is very large and yellow.
Similar Fish:
Other snappers
Feeding Habits:
Other small fish and crustaceans.
Range:
All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Habitat:
Queen Snappers are found offshore over rocky reefs of the continental shelf to 450 feet. This Snapper is probably most common at 600 feet and deeper.
Typical Size:
The Queen Snapper averages 3 to 5 pounds and is usually less than 20 inches. The maximum size is uncertain.
World Record:
11 pounds, 11 ounces (IGFA)