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Fish ID >>Reef/Wreck 

Yellowtail Snapper

Ocyurus chrysurus

Description: Back and upper sides olive to bluish with yellow spots; lower sides and belly with alternating narrow, longitudinal pink and yellow stripes; prominent mid lateral yellow stripe begins at mouth and runs to tail, broadening as it passes the dorsal fins; caudal fin yellow and deeply forked; no dark lateral spots.

Where Found: Juveniles inshore on grassbeds and back reefs; adults nearshore or offshore over sandy areas near reefs.

Size: Common to 3 pounds.

Remarks: Found mainly in tropical waters; spawns in mid summer; rarely exceeds 30 inches and 5 pounds in size; feeds on small fish and invertebrates.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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