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Red Snapper

Lutjanus campechanus

Snapper Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Red Snapper


Common Name(s):
American red snapper, northern red snapper, Genuine Red
Description:
Red Snappers are pinkish to red color and the lower sides and belly are lighter. Small Red Snapper, up to 10 inches, have a dark spot on the upper sides just below the soft dorsal fin. Adult Red Snapper are easily distinguished from other red-colored snappers. They are much deeper bodied than the Vermilion Snapper and not as streamlined. Red Snapper have a bright red iris, whereas the Silk Snapper has a yellow iris. Red Snapper lack the prominent black spot at the base of the pectoral fin, which is characteristic of the Blackfin Snapper.
Similar Fish:
Silk and Vermillion Snapper
Feeding Habits:
Red Snappers are bottom feeders that consume a variety of shrimp, crabs and small fish.
Range:
The Red Snapper is rare in South Florida, although caught occasionally. It is standard bottom-fishing fare, however, offshore of the Atlantic Coast from about the center of the Peninsula northward, and in deep waters of the northern Gulf.
Habitat:
Red Snappers can be found along the Panhandle. They are sometimes found in fairly shallow water off the beaches, and even in deep holes of the larger bays. Northern Red Snapper occur in the Gulf of Mexico and in the western Atlantic along the eastern coa
Typical Size:
Red Snappers are common from a pound or so to about 6 or 8 pounds and 33 to 37 inches in length. Usually the maximum is about 20 pounds, although the Red Snapper can rarely run as high as 30 or 40 pounds.
World Record:
50 pounds, 4 ounces (IGFA)