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Saltwater Fish Identification

Vermillion Snapper
Rhomboplites aurorubens


   
Common Name(s):

Beeliner, Mingo, Cajon

Description:

Vermilions are beautifully colored and have streamlined bodies. The color of the entire body is golden red with narrow yellow-gold streaks – some horizontal and other oblique – occurring below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is rosy with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red, but has a faint black margin.

Similar Fish:

Red Snapper

Feeding Habits:

Vermillion Snappers feed on small, swimming crustaceans and mollusks.

Range:

The Vermillion Snapper is found in tropical and warm/temperate waters of the western Atlantic from Cape Hatteras to southeastern Brazil, including Bermuda, the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico.

Habitat:

Vermillion Snappers is found offshore in deep wrecks, reefs, and ledges of the upper Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. They are usually found in waters ranging from 80 to 350 feet deep.

Typical Size:

The Vermillion Snapper averages less than one pound although they rarely reach five pounds or slightly larger.

World Record:

7 pounds, 3 ounces (IGFA)


 



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