| Ecological Descriptors
|R, Co, (S)
||Pisc, Cru Noct
Adult: Silver to white, often with reddish tinge. Reddish border on pelvic, dorsal and anal fins. Reddish margin on tail.
Juvenile: Juvenile has a black smudge on it's side. They are sometimes difficult to tell from the juvenile Lane Snapper, Lutjanus synagris, which also have yellow pectoral fins and dorsal and pectoral fins that have a reddish edging. The Mahogany Snapper juvenile doesn't not have the thicker, horizontal yellow body stripes. They also seem to have yellow in their eyes and brows.
Adults inhabit clear shallow waters over rocky bottoms in the vicinity of coral reefs, less frequently in sandy or seagrass areas. They often form large aggregations during the day. They feed at night mainly on small fish, shrimps, crabs and cephalopods
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