Latin Name: Etelis
General Size: 16"
The ruby snapper is one of 103 species in the Lutjanidae
family. This species can be found in the deeper (up
to 400m) waters of the Indo-Pacific including Hawaii.
Fish that are associated with deep water habitats will
typically have dark or red coloration and large eyes
in proportion to the head. As snappers go, the ruby
snapper has particularly large eyes giving it the ability
to capture more light at depth and successfully hunt
it's prey of squids, shrimps and crabs. The largest
ruby snapper to date was a male over 4 feet long. A
similar species that is sometimes confused with the
ruby snapper is the flame snapper.
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