Description: Color silvery-pink to reddish with short, irregular pink and yellow lines on its sides; diffuse black spot, about as large as the eye; the dorsal fin centered above the lateral line; outer margin of caudal fin blackish.
Similar Fish: Mutton snapper, L. analis (anal fin rounded in lane snapper, pointed in mutton).
Where Found: Juveniles inshore over grass beds or shallow reefs; adults offshore; most common in south Florida.
Size: Usually less than 1 pound.
Remarks: Spawns March to September, sexually mature at 6 inches; feeds on the bottom, taking crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles