Color grayish-olive with a reddish tinge; conspicuous dark spot, about the size of the eye, below the soft dorsal fin, 1/4 to 1/2 of it below the lateral line; the large eye and caudal fin are bright red; lower margin of the preopercle has prominent spur with strong and sharp serrations. Maximum reported size is 48.0 cm (19.0 in) TL (male) and 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs). Ripe females have been observed during August in the northeastern Caribbean.
Mahogany snapper occur from North Carolina to Venezuela, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. This species is common in the Caribbean but is rare in US waters. The mahogany snapper occurs in nearshore water as deep as 100 m (328 ft). It is usually found in clear, shallow water over rocky bottoms near coral reefs but occurs less frequently in sandy areas or seagrass. It often forms large aggregations during the day and has been observed to school with white grunt at Grand Cayman. The Spanish name, ojanco, refers to its large eyes; a night feeder, with diet of smaller fishes.
South Atlantic Federal Regulations
Note: Effective June 22, 2016, mahogany snapper have been removed from the snapper grouper management complex and federal regulations are no longer in effect for this species. Read FB16-034
State regulations may apply: