Fish ID >>Reef/Wreck 

Mahogany Snapper

Lutjanus mahogoni

Description: Color grayish-olive with a reddish tinge; conspicuous dark spot, about the size of the eye, below the soft dorsal fin, 1/4 to 1/2 of it below the lateral line; the large eye and caudal fin are bright red; lower margin of the preopercle has prominent spur with strong and sharp serrations.

Similar Fish: Lane snapper, L. synagris (also with dark spot below soft dorsal; the blotch placed higher in relation to the lateral line on lane snapper).

Where Found: Nearshore or offshore in clear water, usually over reefs.

Size: Relatively small snapper, common to 15 inches.

Remarks: The Spanish name, ojanco, refers to its large eyes; a night feeder, with diet of smaller fishes.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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