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silk-snapper

Silk Snapper

Lutjanus vivanus

Description: Pinkish red over entire body, long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed; no dark lateral spot; yellow eye.

Similar Fish: Red snapper, L. campechanus.

Where Found: Offshore on the continental shelf. Plentiful in The Bahamas in waters from 600-1,200 feet deep and the Florida Keys in 200-600 foot depths.

Size: To 20 pounds.

Remarks: The yellow iris identifies the silk or yelloweye snapper from its close relatives the red snapper and the blackfin snapper, both of which possess a red iris. Often misidentified where they are not abundant.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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