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Red Snapper  - Lutjanus campechanus
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The red snapper live offshore on the continental shelf, over deep reefs, banks, and rocky bottoms. Red snapper have a slightly upturned snout, a large mouth, and prominent canine teeth. They are solitary nocturnal predators, living in deep water between 30-600 feet and preying on crustaceans and small fish. They can live up to 50 years.

Red Snapper
(Lutjanus campechanus)

Distribution
From Massachusetts to Brazil, although it is uncommon north of the Carolinas. Also in the Gulf of Mexico.

Habitat
Reef, in deep water. Depth 30-600 feet.

Diet
Crustaceans and small fish

Status

The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
Snappers snap their jaws when hooked on a fishing line, which is how they got their name.

Learn More
- Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History
- FishBase