About This Fish

Mingo Snapper

The mingo snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens) is a perch like ray finned fish which belongs to family Lutjanidae under Order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is also known as Vermillion snapper, the beeline snapper, b-liner, California red snapper and mutton snapper. It is found along the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Bermuda and throughout the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. It occurs in moderately deep waters over rock, gravel or sand bottoms near the edge of the continental and island shelves. The young fish occurs in shallower depths which range from 1- 25 meters.

The mingo snapper has relatively slender body with short snout. The mouth is small with slightly larger lower jaw than upper jaw. The body is red or vermillion above and pale to silver white beneath with irregular, narrow gold streaks below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is rosy colored with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red with a faint black margin. Pectoral fin is relatively short. The dorsal and caudal fins are yellowish while the anal and pelvic fins are whitish in color. The tails and iris of the eye are vermilion. Dorsal fin has 12-13 spines and 10-11 soft rays while anal fin contains 3 spines and 8 soft rays. It feeds on fishes, shrimps, crabs, polychaetes, other benthic invertebrates, cephalopods and planktonic organisms. It attains sexual maturity at 2 years of age and 25 cm in length. It is a multi spawner species which spawns during the period between April and September. It grows up to 60 cm in length and 3.2 kg in weight. It can live up to 10 years.

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