Blackfin Snapper

Blackfin Snapper: Lutjanus buccanella

Appearance:

  • Color is generally red, with yellowish caudal, anal, and pelvic fins
  • Distinctive and prominent dark comma-shaped blotch at the base of the pectoral fins, which gives the fish its common name
  • The anal fin is rounded
  • No black spot found on the side underneath dorsal fin

 

Habitat:

Adult blackfin snapper are found offshore near the continental shelf.

Behavior:

Blackfin snapper aer sometimes marketed as red snapper.  They feed on smaller fishes.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Size: common to 20 inches, larger adults seeking deeper waters.

Additional Information:


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles



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