Vermilion Snapper: Rhomboplites aurorubens
color of entire body reddish, with a series of short, irregular lines on its sides, diagonal blue lines formed by spots on the scales above the lateral line; sometimes with yellow streaks below the lateral line; large canine teeth absent; orientation of mouth and eye give it the appearance of looking upward; no dark lateral spot.
suspends at mid-depths over rocky reefs OFFSHORE.
spawns April to September, females maturing at 3 to 4 years of age; grows slowly; attains weight of 6 pounds and length of 24 inches; feeds on small, swimming crustaceans and mollusks
State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
Similar Fish: red snapper, L. campechanus (anal fin of red snapper has midpoint like a triangle).
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles