I was snorkeling in Grand Turk this past week, and I came across what looked like a small (not juvenile) yellowtail snapper.  However, unlike the yellowtail, it had no yellow body markings.  It did have a deeply forked yellow tail, as well as yellow dorsal and anal fins.  It was swimming above turtle grass in about 5 feet of water, and the water was 84 degrees.  Of course, I decided not to take my camera, so I don't have a photo.


Any help identifying this fish would be most appreciated.




Blackfin Snapper

How big were they? Your description of the deeply forked tail doesn't fit, but everythign else sounds like a juv Blackfin Snapper. Adults live down deep but I have seen 2-3 inch juveniles on seagrass in about 10-15 feet of water.



Thanks for the suggestion, Louis.  Unfortunately, they were not juvenile Blackfins (which I encountered on another dive last week).  The body was more slendwith and they didn't have the black spot at the base of the pectoral fins.  As you pointed out as well, the tail was more deeply forked, and the dorsal and anal fins were yellow as well.



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