Vermilion Snapper: Rhomboplites aurorubens


Also known as mingo or beeliner.

  • Rosy-red back, fading to a lighter belly
  • May have irregular yellow lines on sides below the lateral line
  • Large red eyes
  • Anal fin not sharply pointed
  • Rhomboid-like vomerine tooth patch 
  • No large canine teeth

Similar Species: Red snapper, L. campechanus (has pointed anal fin) 

Size: Up to 24 inches (6 pounds); common to 14 inches and under 2 pounds 


Offshore over structure.


Spawns April to September. Females mature at 3 to 4 years of age. Grows slowly.

Feeds on fishes, mollusks and small, swimming crustaceans.



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:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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