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mutton-snapper

Mutton Snapper

Lutjanus analis

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

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