| Ecological Descriptors
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Adult: Body red. Dark blotch at base of pectoral fin. Iris orange or bronze. Yellow tail and possibly anal fin.
Juvenile: Blue/ white to pale brown with yellow area below rear dorsal fin continuing onto tail.
Adults inhabit deeper waters usually over 60m (190ft) depth, over sandy or rocky bottoms and near drop-offs and ledges. Older juveniles occur in shallower water from 6-20m (20-60ft), with young adults at intermediate depths.This species feeds mainly on fishes and benthic isopods.
This species reaches average sexual maturation for males at 25-27 cm FL and females 23-25 cm There are varying estimates of age based population parameters among different regions and authors. A review of literature used a longevity of eight years and a mean maturation of two years. With these numbers, the estimated generation length was five to six years. (A longevity estimate based on otoliths in Brazil was 20 years)
(C) Micky Charteris
(C) James Garin
Blackfin Snapper Juvenile