Blackfin Snapper: Lutjanus buccanella


  • Color mainly red, fading to silver on lower sides and belly
  • Dark crescent-shaped blotch at base of pectoral fins
  • Anal fin rounded; fins yellowish-orange
  • Eye is orange or bronze

Similar Species: Other snappers 

Size: Up to 30 inches (30 pounds) 



Coastal waters, with adults in deeper water and juveniles in shallower areas.


Diet mainly consists of fishes.


Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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