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7-13-2013

SUBJECT: # 35249: different types of snapper

Submitted by wendell from ALABAMA on 6/25/01 1:42:00 PM

what are the different types of snapper that can be caught off of the alabama coast? i went out this weekend and thought that i had caught a red snapper. since it was only 15 inches long,i was going to throw it back. the fella in the boat next to me said that it was a beeliner and that it was legal.we did catch a bunch between 14 and twenty inches. what is the differences.


  1. 6/25/01 2:43:00 PM Submitted by Dream Weaver (166.72.193.250) from FLORIDA says I am sure there are pictures on the net to
    illustrate the differences. But the most notable difference is the yellowish line that runs lengthwise on a beeliner (also know as mingo, mingo snapper, and vermillion snapper) that are not prsent on a red snapper. Also a red snapper is taller than a mingo and has a more pronounced arch to its back.


  2. 6/25/01 2:51:00 PM Submitted by Pier#r (24.181.100.125) from ALABAMA says snapper pic links
    In order from MOST to least common in Alabama waters:

    Red snapper (Carribean or geniune American) http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSummary.cfm?ID=171&what=species

    Vermillion snapper (beeliner or B-liner) http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSummary.cfm?ID=213&what=species

    Mangrove snapper (grey, black, mingo) http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSummary.cfm?ID=266&what=species

    Lane snapper (mingo) http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSummary.cfm?ID=181&what=species

    Size and creel limits can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/MR/page5.htm

    You were right to release those you weren't sure about, otherwise it could be an expensive meal ;-)


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