Definition of Red snapper (fish)
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The red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, is a fish found in the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States and, much less commonly, northward as far as Massachusetts. In Latin American Spanish, it is known as huachinango or pargo. The red snapper commonly inhabits waters 30 to 200 ft deep, but some are reported to be caught at 300 ft deep. All feature a sloped profile, medium-to-large scales, a spiny dorsal fin, and a laterally compressed body. The maximum published age of a caught red snapper was reported to be 57 years. Coloration of the red snapper is light red, with more intense pigment on the back. A red snapper attains sexual maturity at two to five years old. An adult snapper can live for more than 50 years and weigh 22.6 kg. Red snapper are a prized food fish, caught commercially, as well as recreationally. Red snapper is the most commonly caught snapper in the continental USA (almost 50% of the total catch), with similar species being more common elsewhere. Similar snapper species or rockfish are sometimes fraudulently sold instead of L. campechanus as "red snapper". In countries such as India, where the actual red snapper is not available in its oceans, John snapper, Russell snapper, or a tomato red snapper are sold as "red snapper".
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