Mahogany Snapper: Lutjanus mahogoni


  • Color grayish-olive with a reddish tinge
  • Conspicuous dark spot, about the size of the eye, is located below the soft dorsal fin, 1/4 to 1/2 of it below the lateral line
  • The large eye and caudal fin are bright red
  • Lower margin of the preopercle has prominent spur with strong and sharp serrations


Mahogany snapper are found nearshore or offshore in clear, highly saline water, usually over reefs.


Mahogany snappers are night feeders and eat mainly smaller fishes.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Additional Information:

Mahogany snapper are similar in appearance to the  lane snapper, L. synagris.  Lane snappers also have a dark spot below soft dorsal fin, but the blotch is placed higher in relation to the lateral line than it is on the Mahogany snapper. 

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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