Description: Color olive green on back and upper sides, all fins below the lateral line having reddish tinge; bright blue line below eye, following contour of operculum; anal fin pointed; small black spot below dorsal fin; V-shaped tooth patch on roof of mouth.
Similar Fish: Lane snapper, L. synagris (anal fin pointed in mutton snapper, rounded in lane).
Where Found: Inshore associated with grassbeds, mangroves, and canals; larger adults found on offshore reefs.
Size: Common to 15 pounds.
Remarks: Spawns in July and August; feeds on fish, crustaceans, and snails.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles