Description: color dark brown or gray, may have a reddish
tinge; broad-based triangular tooth patch on roof of mouth
without a posterior extension; despite its specific name, which
translates to "blue-fin," the fins have only a slight tinge of
blue; canine teeth in both jaws very strong; one pair of canines
enlarged and visible even when mouth is closed.
juveniles INSHORE in grass beds; adults OFFSHORE or NEARSHORE
over wrecks, reefs, and ledges.
Size: common to
largest of the snappers, ranging to 125 pounds; not common
anywhere in its range; feeds on fishes and larger crustaceans;
in the Keys, spawns during later summer.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.