To me, this looks like a combination of a juvenile and adult lane snapper. Am I, therefore, right in calling it a lane snapper intermediate?
Molasses Reef, Key Largo, Florida. February 2, 2010, 32 feet, 75 degrees Fahrenheit
There can be some variations, so even though it has some red tint in the tail margin, I'd still call it an adult.
But it has all those stripes
Seen plenty of adult lane snappers displaying their stripes. I don't think they are an indication on maturity. Perhaps the length of the fish is a better indicator. Adults are about 10 - 15 in.
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