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Vermilion Snapper - Rhomboplites aurorubeus

Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS

Color of entire body reddish, with a series of short, irregular lines on its sides, diagonal blue lines formed by spots on the scales above the lateral line; sometimes with yellow streaks below the lateral line; large canine teeth absent; orientation of mouth and eye give it the appearance of looking upward; no dark lateral spot.

Similar fish: N/A

Where found: Suspends at mid-depths over rocky reefs OFFSHORE.

Size: Usually less than 2 pounds.

Remarks: Spawns April to September, females maturing at 3 to 4 years of age; grows slowly; attains a weight of 6 pounds and length of 24 inches; feeds on small, swimming crustaceans and mollusks.

Florida record: N/A