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Marine Fisheries - Red vs Vermilion Snapper

Marine Fisheries

Vermilion Snapper — Red Snapper Identification

Vermilion SnapperVermilion Snapper

Rhomboplites aurorubens

AKA: beeliner

Description: Vermilion snapper have relatively slender bodies with short snouts. The lower jaw projects slightly. The body is red on top and pale to silver white on bottom with irregular, narrow gold streaks below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is a rose color with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red with a faint black margin.

Size: Vermilion snapper are found up to 25 inches long and 6 pounds.

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Red snapper

Red Snapper

Lutjanus campechanus

AKA:
mules, sow snapper, chickens

Description: Red snapper is a deep-bodied fish with a long, triangular snout. It has a brick red back and upper sides, but the belly and lower sides are more pinkish. Smaller fish (up to 10 inches) have a dark spot on the upper sides just below the soft dorsal fin. The irises of their eyes are dark red. There is no black spot at the base of the pectoral fin.

Size: Red snapper grow to 35 pounds.

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