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| Common names: snapper (English), pargo (Espanol), huachinango (Espanol) |
Lutjanus peru (Nichols & Murphy, 1922)
Pacific red snapper
Body oval; front and rear nostrils simple holes; large adults develop a groove from front of eye to nostrils, and another behind eye; 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 diamond shaped; 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 with rounded end, soft anal with pointed end; tail with concave edge; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back rising obliquely above lateral line.
Reddish to pink with a silvery sheen.
Maximum TL about 95 cm, common to 50 cm.
Generally occurs on rocky and sandy bottoms offshore
Depth: 0-80 m.
Southern California to the central Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedos and Malpelo.