Vermilion snapper

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Vermilion snapper
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Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Lutjanidae
Genus: Rhomboplites
Species: R. aurorubens
Binomial name
Rhomboplites aurorubens
(G. Cuvier, 1829)
  • Centropristis aurorubens G. Cuvier, 1829
  • Mesoprion elegans Poey, 1860
  • Aprion ariommus D. S. Jordan & C. H. Gilbert, 1883

The vermilion snapper or beeliner (Rhomboplites aurorubens) is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Bermuda including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to Brazil. This species inhabits waters from 40 to 300 m (130 to 980 ft) (though rarer deeper than 100 m (330 ft)) where they can be found in large schools over substrates of sand, gravel, or rock. This species can reach a length of 60 cm (24 in), though most are around 35 cm (14 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 3.2 kg (7.1 lb). It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries.[1] The vermilion snapper is often sold as red snapper.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Rhomboplites aurorubens" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  2. ^ Red snapper and other snappers. CHOW. CBS Interactive. Accessed 2013-6-7.