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Keys To Florida Snapper Identification

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Florida has a variety of snapper species, and their similar appearance sometimes leads to misidentification. Knowing a few of the key distinguishing characteristics for each species can make the identification process a breeze.


Keys: Red eye
Deep body
Size 3–20 lbs.


Keys: Large canine teeth
Size 10–80 lbs.


Keys: Crescent-shaped
black spot at base
of pelvic fin


Keys: Dark streak (snout)
Size 3–10 lbs.


Keys: Yellow eye
Size 2–4 lbs.
Max 12 lbs.


Keys: Yellowish fins
Large teeth
Blue streaks on gill plate


Keys: Black lateral line spot
Pointed anal fin
Size 5–15 lbs.


Keys: Pale bars
Yellow fins
Horizontal blue line under eye


Keys: Black lateral line spot
Yellow horizontal stripes
Rounded anal fin


Keys: Bright yellow
streak and tail


Keys: Reddish margins on fins
Size < 13


Keys: Streamlined body
Size < 2 lbs.



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