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  • iris & fins red
    blue lines under eye
    spot above LL under soft D: small
    juv flank: spot large, ll through lower 1/2; rows blue spots
    Lutjanus analis, Mutton snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: V shaped
    A 8, end pointed
    LL 47-51
  • yellow
    blue line along cheek
    juv: oblique head stripe + pale bars
    D usually 14
    juv: oblique dark stripe - snout to back of nape, pale bars on body
    Lutjanus apodus, Schoolmaster snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    A rounded end
    LL 40-45
  • red/orange
    iris yellow
    juv: grey, tail base & C yellow, pectoral base black
    D usually 14
    pectoral base: black blotch
    Lutjanus buccanella, Blackfin snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    A end rounded
    LL 47-50
  • red body & fins
    iris red
    juv: dark spot under soft D
    D 14
    Lutjanus campechanus, Northern red snapper, Red snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    A 9, end pointed
    scales (lateral + above & below LL) 69-75
  • grey-brown, back with 8-9 pale bars
    juv: stronger body bars
    D usually 14
    fins dark
    Lutjanus cyanopterus, Cubera snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: triangular/crescent
    top & bottom canines v strong
    A 7-8, end rounded
    LL 45-47
  • slender
    grey +/- oblique head stripe
    juv: strong bars, D edge blackish
    D usually 14
    Lutjanus griseus, Grey snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    large upper canines
    pectoral short
    A 8 end rounded
    LL 43-47
  • grey + white triangle under eye
    juv: oblique head stripe
    D usually 14
    Lutjanus jocu, Dog snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    upper canines much larger
    pectoral long
    A 8, end rounded
    LL 46-49
  • large eye
    grey, red edges to fins
    juv: oblique head stripe
    D usually 12
    spot under soft D: 1/4-1/2 below LL
    Lutjanus mahogoni, Mahogany snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    upper canines much larger
    gill rakers 7-8+15-17
    A end rounded
    LL 47-49
  • red
    iris red
    juv: dark spot under soft D
    D 14
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    A 9, end pointed
    scales (lateral + above & below LL) 77-81
  • grey + yellow stripes; blotch under D mostly above LL
    juv: black spot under soft D, pelvic & A yellow, D edge red
    D usually 12
    spot under soft D: <1/4 below LL
    juv: black spot under soft D, pelvic & A yellow, D edge red
    Lutjanus synagris, Lane snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    upper canines much larger
    gill rakers 6-7+12-15
    A end rounded
    LL 47-50
  • red, iris & pectoral yellow
    juv: black spot under soft D
    D usually 14
    Lutjanus vivanus, Silk snapper
    roof mouth tooth patch: anchor shaped
    upper canines much larger
    A 8, end pointed