Yellowtail Snapper

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Description of the Yellowtail Snapper

The Yellowtail Snapper is also known as the Cola. They are an extremely popular fish with divers and snorkelers due to their coloring. The snapper is also a game fish and commonly served throughout the Caribbean.

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Popular Name: Yellowtail Snapper
Species: Ocyurus chrysurus

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Yellowtail Snapper

Profile of the Yellowtail Snapper
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellowtail Snapper species.

  • Size: 40cm - 85cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Shrimp, Small Crustaceans, Small Fish

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 180m

  • Behaviour: Usually found in schools or small groups

  • Range: Western Atlantic particularly Caribbean

 

Scientific Classification of the Yellowtail Snapper
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Ocyurus chrysurus

  • Popular Name: Yellowtail Snapper - Cola

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Lutjanidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Yellowtail Snapper?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Yellowtail Snapper slimy?
Yellowtail Snapper secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Yellowtail Snapper to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Yellowtail Snapper have gills?
Gills enable the Yellowtail Snapper to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Yellowtail Snapper have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Yellowtail Snapper has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Yellowtail Snapper has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Yellowtail Snapper has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Yellowtail Snapper has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Yellowtail Snapper

Yellowtail Snapper

  • Interesting Information about Yellowtail Snapper

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Yellowtail Snapper slimy?

  • Why do the Yellowtail Snapper have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Yellowtail Snapper have fins?

  • Species: Ocyurus chrysurus

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