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Yellowtail Snapper



Yellowtail Snapper is a fish that lives in the warmer parts of the Atlantic and the Caribbean.

It has a yellow stripe along its sides, and a forked tail. The largest it will grow is about 30 inches (75 cm) long with a weight of 5 pounds (2 1/4 kilos), but the average size is 3 pounds (1 1/3 kilos.) At the end of its first year, it will be about 5 inches (13 cm) long, reaching 17 inches (43 cm) in length when it is 14 years of age.

Adult Yellowtail Snappers eat crabs, jellyfish and other smaller fish. They live in schools, and tend to hunt and eat at night.

They are a very popular eating fish in Florida.

Language Notes

The "Snapper" name comes from their habit of snapping when caught on a hook and reeled in.

Fish

Anchovy; Blue Fish; Bombay Duck; Caviar; Eels; Fish and Chips; Fish and Seafood Dishes; Fish Fumet; Fish Plank / Plank Cooking; Fish Sauces; Fish Slice; Fish Stock; Fish Worms; Fish; Fugu; Grey Mullet; Lutefisk; Mahimahi; Mola Mola; Perch; Pink Fish; Poaching; Safe Cooking Temperatures; Sardines; Smoking; Sole; Swordfish; Vesiga; White Fish; White Seabream; Yellowtail Jack; Yellowtail Rockfish; Yellowtail Snapper; Zander

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Also called:

Lutjanus chrysurus, Ocyurus chrysurus (Scientific Name)

Citation

Oulton, Randal. "Yellowtail Snapper." CooksInfo.com. Published 08 December 2004; revised 17 September 2005. Web. Accessed 06/27/2016. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/yellowtail-snapper>.

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