The yellowtail snapper is a member of the Lutjanidae family of snapper, a colorful tropical reef fish, and an excellent sportfish with superb meat.
Other NamesCreole: colas; French: sarde queue jaune; Portuguese: cioba, mulata; Spanish: rabirrubia.
IdentificationThe yellowtail snapper has a streamlined body that is olive or bluish-gray above and silver to white below. It has fine yellowish stripes on the belly. Most striking is the prominent mid-body yellow stripe, which runs from the tip of the snout through each eye to the tail, widening as it extends past the dorsal fins. The tail is bright yellow and deeply forked, and the dorsal fins are mostly yel-
lowish. There is no dark lateral spot, and the eyes are red.