Silk Snapper: Lutjanus vivanus


  • Back and upper sides pinkish red, shading to silvery sides with undulating yellow lines
  • Pectorals are pale yellow
  • Back edge of caudal fin is blackish
  • Anal fin pointed
  • No dark lateral spot


Silk snapper are common offshore over rocky ledges in very deep water. They are most common in south Florida.


Little is known about the behavior of the silk snapper.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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