General Description

Body deep, compressed; dorsal fin long based; scales covering space between the eyes; jaws with peg-like teeth at the front and molars at the rear. Adults develop a hump-headed appearance with age. Silvery-pink to pinkish-red with small bright blue spots. To 1.3 m.


Snapper is Victoria's most popular recreational finfish. Juveniles settle in seagrass beds and move into rocky areas as they grow. Adults roam freely.


New Zealand and Australia.


Widespread on rocky reefs in bays and along the coast, in depths of 0-200 m.

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