Red Snapper, Lutjanus peru: The Red Snapper is member of the Lutjanidea or Snapper Family, which are known in English as snappers, and in Mexico as "pargos."
A highly-prized game fish, the Red Snapper is distinguished by an overall bright red or sometimes a dark pink color, predominant on the head, back, and all fins, which gradually turns into white with a silvery sheen on the lower part of the body.
It has a relatively "smooth" and streamlined appearance, as compared to most other snappers.
In Mexican fishing waters , the Red Snapper is found on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula, south from Magdalena Bay, and then at least as far north as Puertecitos and Roca Consag at the north end of the Sea of Cortez. On mainland Mexico, it is found from Guaymas south to Guatemala.
Although the Red Snapper grows to about three feet in length, it is more common between 18 and 24 inches long, and it is found in the first 250 feet of the water column, over rocky bottoms, close to caves and crevices. The Red Snapper feeds on crabs, mollusks, octopuses, shrimp, and small fish.
A true visual phenomena is the sight of zillions of Red Snappers feeding at the surface on the Pelagic Red Tuna Crab (Pleuroncodes planipes) far out at sea.
The Red Snapper is highly prized as table fare and is a commercially essential export of Mexico caught throughout Mexican sportfishing waters by pangueros with their handlines.