snapper

(redirected from snappers)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.

snapper,

name for members of the Lutjanidae, a family of spiny-finned food and game fishes found chiefly in tropical coastal waters. Snappers are carnivorous, active, and voracious, with large mouths and sharp teeth. Most species travel in dense schools. Best known is the northern red snapper, often called the red snapper, an important food fish. It is abundant in the Gulf of Mexico and also frequents the Atlantic Coast north to Long Island. The northern red snapper grows to 3 ft (90 cm) in length, weighs up to 35 lb (16 kg), and is a deep rose-red in color. Its flesh keeps well and is shipped in quantity to many parts of the United States. Other snappers are the mangrove and dog snappers, the mutton snapper or muttonfish, and the yellowtail snapper. Snappers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Lutjanidae.

snapper

[′snap·ər]
(engineering)
A device for collecting samples from the ocean bottom, and which closes to prevent the sample from dropping out as it is raised to the surface.

snapper

1. any large sharp-toothed percoid food fish of the family Lutjanidae of warm and tropical coastal regions
2. a sparid food fish, Chrysophrys auratus, of Australia and New Zealand, that has a pinkish body covered with blue spots
3. another name for the bluefish or the snapping turtle
References in periodicals archive ?
This Long Snapper award is named after Patrick Mannelly, widely known as the best long snapper in the NFL.
From Deerfield Beach south to Ocean Reef there are many locations on the reef and over an artificial wreck or two that the mutton snappers come to each year to spawn.
There are two types of snapping turtle: the common snapper and the alligator snapper.
Although red snapper in the GOM currently are managed as a single unit stock, separate stock assessments have been conducted since 2004 for subunits east and west of the Mississippi River (SEDAR (1)).
Mississippians are fortunate to have one of the finest red snapper fisheries on the planet.
In addition to expanding the Lil Snappers line, Stemilt will soon begin shipping these bags in a new display-shipper.
But they shouldn't put all the pressure on the snapper, holder, and kicker.
"Then I spotted what certainly looked like a snapper turtle coming out of the water.
The alligator snapper is the biggest freshwater turtle in North America.
As illustrated in Figure 7A, the behavior of snappers with an occluded snapper claw (dotted columns) does not differ significantly from that of intact snappers (white columns; [[Chi].sup.2] test: P [greater than] 0.1).
In the slower water flow in the trawl codend, juvenile snappers were able to maintain position and exhibited what appeared to be an optomotor response by orienting to the trawl webbing.
The Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award announced a formal partnership with Bernie's Book Bank, the leading provider of quality books to at-risk Chicago area children.