The Mahogany Snapper owns a set of visible teeth and a larger mouth with a slight under bite. They appear whitish in color with a reddish tint to them and have a dark splotch near the dorsal fin. Occasionally they can have a sharp spur with serrations as well.
Habitat & Behaviour
Mahogany Snappers can often be found in large groups during the daytime, patrolling structures such as rocks and reefs in shallow waters. Occasionally they can be found in mud or sand type bottoms.
Mahogany 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.
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.