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Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus)

Yellowtail Snapper

Description: Back and upper sides olive to bluish with yellow spots; lower sides and belly with alternating narrow, longitudinal pink and yellow stripes; prominent midlateral yellow stripe begins at mouth and runs to tail, broadening as it passes the dorsal fins; caudal fin yellow and deeply forked; no dark lateral spot.

Similar fish: None

Where found: Juveniles inshore on grassbeds and back reefs; adults nearshore of offshore over sandy areas near reefs.

Size: Common to 3 pounds.

Remarks: Found mainly in tropical waters; spawns in midsummer; rarely exceeds 30 inches and 5 pounds in size; feeds on small fish and invertebrates. [back to top]

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