IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: snapper (English), pargo (Espanol)
Lutjanus colorado Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Colorado snapper

Body moderately deep; front and rear nostrils simple holes; mouth relatively large and protractile; teeth conical to caniniform, those at front of jaws generally enlarged and fang-like; tooth patch at central roof of mouth crescentic ; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 13-14; dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 8; soft dorsal and anal with pointed ends; tail edge ~ straight; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back parallel to lateral line.

Body and fins mostly dark red, pink or whitish on belly; small specimens may have dusky bars on side.

Size: reported to reach 107 cm.

Habitat: occurs on offshore rocky reefs to at least 50 m, young often found inshore, sometimes in shallow estuaries.

Depth: 0-90 m.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru; Cocos and Malpelo.


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