Snapper, Lane

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Snapper, Lane

Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record

8lbs 3oz

FL Record

6lbs 6oz

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Scientific Name

Lutjanus synagris

Common Names

Spot snapper, Candy snapper, Biajaiba


Lane Snappers are characterized by the pink and yellow stripes appearing on their sides. In addition to these stripes they can occasionally have a darker green coloration within the stripes. Some of their fins may be yellow and or a red hue, while the tail is generally dark grey to black.  Lane Snappers also usually, but not necessarily, have a black splotch near the rear dorsal fin. The spot and the anchor shape the teeth take on in the mouth can be used to distinguish Lane Snappers from other related Snappers.

Habitat & Behaviour

Lane Snappers can be found in shallow warm waters. Generally these Snappers can be found in all types of bottom conditions but they favor those with structures like reefs. They can often be found in schools especially during spawning time.

Natural Prey

Lane Snappers are predators of convenience and as such during nighttime hunts will take a range of small fish on the bottom as well as invertebrates such as cephalopods and even crustaceans.  

Handling Tips

Reef fish like the Snapper require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. Don’t put fingers in mouth, grab behind head or underneath. Don’t grab by gills – grab underneath on the belly. Try not to damage the fish – don’t recommend grabbing by eyes. If harvesting, gaff larger ones around head. Meat very sought after so don’t gaff there.