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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.
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, 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
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