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Silk Snapper

Lutjanus vivanus

Snapper Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Silk Snapper

Common Name(s):
The Silk Snapper is pinkish red overall with silvery sides and yellow lines. The Silk Snapper is shaped much like the Red Snapper, although the yellow eye distinguishes it. The pectorals are pale yellow and the back portion of the caudal fin has a black edge. The anal fin is pointed and has no dark lateral spot.
Similar Fish:
Red Snapper
Feeding Habits:
Feed mainly on fish, shrimp, and crab.
All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
The Silk Snapper can be found offshore over rock ledges and in very deep waters. They are seldom caught in waters shallower than 300 or 400 feet.
Typical Size:
The Silk Snapper averages 3 to 5 pounds. The maximum size is uncertain.
World Record:
18 pounds, 5 ounces (IGFA)