SnapperMahoganyDRP.jpg

Mahogany Snapper: Lutjanus mahogoni

Appearance:

  • Olive gray color with a reddish hue, fading to a lighter belly
  • Large red eye
  • Edges of fins are red
  • Dark spot present on lateral line
  • Preopercle (cheek) with serrated spur

Similar Species: Lane snapper, L. synagris (has yellow stripes and a smaller eye) 

Size: Up to 15 inches (3 pounds) 

Habitat:

Prefer clear coastal waters, usually over reefs.

Behavior:

Feeds at night on small fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

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

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

Learn More at AskFWC