About This Fish

Black Snapper

The Black Snapper (Apsilus dentatus) belongs to Family Lutjanidae under Order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is distributed from the West Indies, northern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys to Venezuala and Belize, including the Bahamas and the Greater and Lesser Antilles. The Black Snapper is a coral-reef associated fish which is mainly found over rocky bottoms, deep-reef, slope habitats, often beyond the shelf edge and young are sometimes found near the surface.

Head profile is straight or slightly convex. The back and upper sides of the body are violet or dark brown but lighter ventrally while Juvenile is mainly blue in color. The snout is relatively short and pointed. Body is covered with ctenoid scales and lateral line is complete with 58-63 scales. Dorsal fin has spiny and soft parts, of which, spiny part has 10 spines and soft part with 9-10 rays. Anal fin has 3 spines and 8 soft rays while pectoral fin with 15-16 soft rays. Its food mainly consists of benthic cephlapods, tunicates, and other fish. It grows up to 65 cm in length and 3 kg in weight.

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