Fish ID >>Reef/Wreck 

Blackfin Snapper

Lutjanus buccanella

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

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