Lutjanidae - Snappers


Family: Lutjanidae - Snappers


Lutjanidae, or snappers are a family of perciform fish, mainly marine, but with some members inhabiting estuaries, feeding in freshwater. The family includes about 113 species. One of the best known is the red snapper.

Snappers inhabit tropical and subtropical regions of all oceans. Some snappers grow up to about 1 m (3.3 ft) in length however one specific snapper, the cubera snapper, grows up to 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in) in length. Most are active carnivores, feeding on crustaceans or other fish, though a few are plankton-feeders. Most species live at depths reaching 100 m (330 ft) near coral reefs, but some species are found up to 500 m (1,600 ft) deep.

Lutjanidae is subdivided into four subfamilies and 17 genera.