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