Descriptions and articles about the Amarillo Snapper, scientifically known as Lutjanus argentiventris as classified by FishBase (Fish Species) in the Encyclo. Species Fact Sheets. Lutjanus argentiventris (Peters, ). See tree map display tree map. FAO Names. En – Yellow snapper, Fr – Vivaneau jaune, Sp – Pargo. PDF | The yellow snapper, Lutjanus argentiventris, is a commercial species along the Pacific coast, yet few studies have been carried out on its.

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Mexico – Fish, Marine Life, Birds and Terrestrial Life

This fish is also known as the Amarillo Snapper. Globally, there are sixty-seven species in the genus Lutjanusnineteen of w hich are found in Mexican waters, ten in the Atlantic and nine in the Pacific.

The Yellow Snappers have moderately oblong bodies with an overall yellow coloration that is more prominent in the tail and lower part of the body. Larger adults are two-toned, rosy-red in the front and yellow in the back.


Their fins are yellow or orange.

arentiventris They have a distinctive blue horizontal streak below their eyes, that provides a facile identification, that fades quickly after collection. They have a pointed snout and a large mouth.

Their anal fin is rounded with 3 spines, the second being thick, and 8 rays; their caudal fin is straight; and their dorsal fin is continuous and rounded at the terminal end with 10 spines.

The Yellow Snappers are found over rocky bottoms close to caves and crevices at depths up to feet. They reach a maximum length of 76 cm 30 inches.

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They are nocturnal predators feeding on crabs, mollusks, octopus, shrimp, and small fish and take shelter during daylight. Juveniles will enter fresh water streams. In Mexican waters the Yellow Snapper are found in all waters of the Pacific.

The Yellow Snapper is an easy fish to identify due to argentiventrid coloration and the broken blue line under the eyes and cannot be confused with any other species. The Yellow Snappers are considered an excellent food fish. They are not caught in abundance by hook and line litjanus they virtually disappear shortly after the first morning light. They occasionally become accessible in the early morning when chummed up to near the surface with cut bait.


They are also accessible from the beach but only during predawn hours with live sardines being the bait of choice. They are sold in many markets of the greater Los Cabos area with fish presumably caught via nets and brought in from unknown locations.

Yellow Snapper | Mexico – Fish, Marine Life, Birds and Terrestrial Life

Wrgentiventris Snapper, Lutjanus argentiventrisjuvenile. Yellow Snapper, Lutjanus argentiventris. A most unusual dark colored fish, found in abundance within Mag Bay and known locally as Pargo Rojo i. Underwater photos taken in Zihuatanejo Bay, Guerrero, March Photos courtesy of Ron Woheau, Zihuatanejo.