Identification & Biology: The Spotted Rose Snapper is distinguished by a fairly large, irregularly-shaped black blotch on its side, just below the soft dorsal fin, that is sometimes obscure in larger fish. It varies in color from pink to a yellowish-pink with a silver sheen, with oblique golden-green or brownish stripes that run parallel below the lateral line and are oblique above.
The Spotted Rose Snapper is very similar in size and shape to the Colorado Snapper, Lutjanus colorado; Jordan’s Snapper, Lutjanus jordani; and the Red Snapper, Lutjanus peru. However, all three lack the distinctive black spot below the middle portion of the dorsal fin. The Spotted Rose Snapper is a member of the Lutjanidea or Snapper Family, which are known in English as snappers, and in Mexico as “pargos.” It grows to about two-and-a-half feet in length but is more common in lengths of 15 to 18 inches, and
Range & Habitat: The Spotted Rose Snapper is found in all Mexican coastal fishing waters on the Pacific coast south to Guatemala, with the exception of the Pacific Side of the Baja California Sur peninsula and the oceanic islands. It is found in the first 250 feet of the water column, over sandy bottoms and not around rocky reefs.
Market Description: The Spotted Rose Snapper is viewed as good table fare.
Habitat: Pacific Coast of South America and California
Flavor Profile: small flake, tight firm flesh, sweet flavor
Fishing Technique: long line, hook&line
Special Note: Identified by large irregular spot on lower back
Suitable Sub: Any snapper variety