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Mutton Snapper: Lutjanus analis

Appearance:

  • Color olive green on back and upper sides
  • All fins below the lateral line having reddish tinge
  • Bright blue line below eye, following contour of operculum
  • Anal fin pointed
  • Small black spot below dorsal fin
  • V-shaped tooth patch on roof of the mouth

Habitat:

Mutton snapper are an inshore species associated with grassbeds, mangroves, and canals.  Larger adults are  occasionally found on offshore reefs.

Behavior:

These snapper spawn in July and August.  Mutton snapper feed on fish, crustaceans, and snails.

Additional Information

State Record: 30 lb 4 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas

Mutton snapper are similar in appearance to lane snapper, L. synagris.  Mutton snapper's anal fin is pointed whereas it is rounded in the lane snapper.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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