Vermilion Snapper


Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPER

Rhomboplites aurorubens

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Description: 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

Where found: suspends at mid-depths over rocky reefs offshore

Remarks: spawns April to September, females maturing at 3 to 4 years of age; grows slowly; attains a weight of 6 pounds and length of 24 inches; feeds on small, swimming crustaceans and mollusks

Possession and Size Limits: Included in the 20 reef fish aggregate, 10” TL.

Federal Recreational Season: None

Stock Status: According to a 2011 SEDAR 9 Stock Assessment Update, Vermilion snapper are neither overfished, nor experiencing overfishing.  No assessment of vermilion snapper is currently scheduled.