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Yellowtail Snapper

Ocyurus chrysurus

Snapper Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Yellowtail Snapper


Common Name(s):
Flag, Tail, Rabirubia
Description:
Yellowtail Snapper is identified by a yellow stripe that runs the full length of the body from in front of the eye to the deeply forked yellow tail. The back and sides are olive, blue to bluish-gray with yellow spots. The lower sides and belly have alternating narrow reddish and pale yellow stripe. This snapper has no prominent teeth as are found in most of its fellow species.
Similar Fish:
Other snappers
Feeding Habits:
Yellowtails feed on shrimp, squid, and other smaller fish.
Range:
Yellowtail are common only in South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, although add catches are made in other areas of the state, especially offshore Gulf reefs.
Habitat:
The Yellowtail Snapper is most commonly found in coastal waters between 60 and 120 feet. The Yellowtail school heavily and hang around drop-offs or humps.
Typical Size:
Yellowtail Snappers average 1 to 3 pounds and are commonly seen at 4 to 5 pounds.
World Record:
11 pounds, 0 ounces (IGFA)