Description: Color generally red, with yellowish caudal, anal, and pelvic fins; distinctive and prominent dark comma-shaped blotch at the base of the pectoral fins, which gives the fish its common name; anal fin rounded; no black spot on side underneath dorsal fin.
Similar Fish: Other snappers.
Where Found: Adults offshore near continental shelf break.
Size: Common to 20 inches, larger individuals found in deeper waters.
Remarks: Sometimes marketed as red snapper; feeds on smaller fishes.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles