|Florida Keys Fish
color of entire body reddish, with a series of short, irregular lines on its sides, diagonal blue lines
formed by spots on the scales above the lateral line; sometimes with yellow streaks below the
lateral line; large canine teeth absent; orientation of mouth and eye give it the appearance of
looking upward; no dark lateral spot.
suspends at mid-depths over rocky reefs OFFSHORE.
spawns April to September, females maturing at 3 to 4 years of age; grows slowly; attains weight
of 6 pounds and length of 24 inches; feeds on small, swimming crustaceans and mollusks
This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Similar Fish: red snapper, L. campechanus (anal fin of red snapper has midpoint like a triangle).
Snapper Saltwater Fishing Regulation
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676
Vermilion Snapper: Rhomboplites aurorubens
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