plural also snapper
a : any of numerous active carnivorous fishes (family Lutjanidae) of warm seas important as food and often as sport fishes
b : any of several immature fishes (as the young of the bluefish) that resemble a snapper
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snapper noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any of about 250 species of valuable food fishes (family Lutjanidae), found throughout the tropics. These active schooling fishes have slender bodies, large mouths, sharp canine teeth, and blunt or forked tails. Many species grow to 2–3 ft (60–90 cm) long. Snappers eat crustaceans and other fishes. Some species, such as the Atlantic dog snapper, contain a toxin. The red snapper, a bright red fish, inhabits deep Atlantic waters. The emperor snapper is a red-and-white Indo-Pacific fish. The Atlantic yellowtail snapper has a broad yellow stripe from the nose to the wholly yellow tail.
Red spot snapper (Lethrinus variegatus)—Douglas Faulkner
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