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Juvenile Lane Snappers and juvenile Mahogony Snappers are difficult to differentiate.
Adult: Reddish to silver body with longitudinal yellow stripes along sides. Tail/ fins may be reddish.. Can darken or lighten dramatically. With/ without black smudge below rear dorsal fin.
Juvenile: Ventral and anal fins initially translucent, becoming yellow (then red as adults). Dark spot on side can cause confusion with juvenile Mahogony Snapper, but usually has some indication of yellow longitudinal lines (may be very faint).
This species is found in a variety of habitats, often around coral and rocky reefs and on vegetated sandy areas. This species is found in turbid as well as clear waters. Early life stages can be found among a variety of structural habitat types including settlers in seagrasses and also nearshore hardbottom. This species feeds at night on small fishes, bottom-living crabs, shrimps, worms, gastropods and cephalopods
Size at 50% maturity is 19-23.5 cm for males and 19-24.5 cm for females, dependent upon localitycorresponding to an age of approximately one to two years. Can be found in spawning aggregations.
Lane Snapper Juvenile
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