Snapper denotes the large family of fish related to perch, which comprises around 185 species found in nearly all subtropical oceans. Snappers are predatory fish that feed mainly on fish and crustaceans, but also occasionally on plankton. They capture their food by suddenly grabbing it, hence their name.
The crimson snapper (Latin: Lutjanus erythropterus) is one such variety of snapper and is a very popular edible fish. It has a preference for tropical and subtropical waters, where it lives in reefs at a depth of 10 to 190 metres.
The crimson snapper is typified by its distinctive reddish colour and its disproportionately large mouth, with a full row of sharp teeth at the front.