Mutton Snapper


Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS

Lutjanus analis

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Description: color olive green on back and upper sides, all fins below the lateral line having reddish tinge; bright blue line below eye, following contour of operculum; anal fin pointed; small black spot below dorsal fin; V-shaped tooth patch on

Similar Fish: lane snapper, L. synagris (anal fin pointed in mutton snapper, rounded in lane).

Where found: an INSHORE species associated with grassbeds, mangroves, and canals; larger adults occasionally found on OFFSHORE reefs.

Possession and Size Limits: 10 per person in snapper aggregate, 16” TL.

Federal Recreational Season: None

Size: common to 15 pounds.

Remarks: spawns in July and August; feeds on fish, crustaceans, and snails.

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