Reef/WreckFish ID

Lane Snapper

Description: Color silvery-pink to reddish with short, irregular pink and yellow lines on its sides; diffuse black spot, about as large as the eye; the dorsal fin centered above the lateral line; outer margin of caudal fin blackish.

Similar Fish: Mutton snapper, L. analis (anal fin rounded in lane snapper, pointed in mutton).

Where Found: Juveniles inshore over grass beds or shallow reefs; adults offshore; most common in south Florida.

Size: Usually less than 1 pound.

Remarks: Spawns March to September, sexually mature at 6 inches; feeds on the bottom, taking crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.