Fish Species

Yellowtail Snapper

Yellowtail Snapper - Description

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.

Popular Name: Yellowtail Snapper
Species: Ocyurus chrysurus

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

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Yellowtail Snapper

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi, Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral..

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