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Lane Snapper: Lutjanus synagris

Appearance:

Also known as candy snapper.

  • Pinkish-red color on back, fading to a silvery belly 8 to 10 yellowish stripes on sides
  • Anal fin rounded
  • Dark spot on side, touching the lateral line, about as large as the eye
  • Edge of tail trimmed in black

Similar Species: Mutton snapper, L. analis (has pointed anal fin) 

Size: Usually less than 14 inches (1 pound) 

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure. Most common in south Florida. Juveniles found inshore over grass beds or shallow reefs.  

Behavior:

Spawn March to September. Sexually mature at 6 inches. Feed on the bottom, eating crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website  6 lb 6 oz, caught near Pensacola

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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