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Queen Snapper

Etelis oculatus

Snapper Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Queen Snapper

Common Name(s):
Queen Snapper, Snapper
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.
All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
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)