Vermillion snappers are species of fish under the Rhomboplites family. This is also known as bastard snapper and mutton snapper. Its scientific name is Rhomboplites aurorubens. There are many fishes of this kind in the western part of the Atlantic. There are also several species of the same kind in the Gulf of Mexico and in the waters of Brazil. Vermillion snappers sometimes sold as red snapper, for it both looks the same. But the difference is that they are a bit smaller and has distinctive yellow lines on their body. It has a pale and silvery abdomen or belly and red-orange eyes. Vermillion snapper and red snapper are of the same family. The reason it is called vermillion snapper is because of its distinctive color of its eyes, body and its fins which is vermillion-colored. In short, vermillion snapper got its name from the color. They grow for about 1 meter and 15 inches long.
They prefer staying at the rocky bottom of the sea, and they thrive on reefs. There are also times when they also like to stay on flat areas of bases, such as those in the banks. Several vermillion snappers swim together, along with other red snappers which make up a school of fish when searching for food. To avoid being eaten by predators, they swim in large school or group to be able to conceal themselves and their young ones through their company of fishes. But because they always stick in groups, it is sometimes an advantage to fishermen because they can easily catch this type of snapper.
Like other snappers, they feed on planktons and crustaceans and other bottom creatures. Vermillion snappers are known for its multiple spawning. Multiple spawning is a type of reproduction wherein fish can reproduce their own kind not just for one process of fertilization but they can spawn severally and repeatedly. In this case, vermillion snappers can produce many offspring. Its spawning season starts from April to September. Every season, a female vermillion snapper can spawn 23 up to 93 times. Each female with an average size or length of 7 inches can reproduce 20,000 eggs. Those who have a length of 15 inches may spawn 350,000 eggs per season or probably bigger than that. Vermillion snappers’ length may differ. Though some are of the same age but their sizes and lengths may be different. The lifespan of vermillion snappers starts from being a larva up to 21 years old. However, in those 21 years of their life, they have produced so many of their kind.
In fishing, one way of catching vermillion snappers is by putting live squids, shrimps, crabs, and other crustaceans as your bait. Take note of their specific location. As what was mentioned, they can be found in deep waters, in snapper banks and in bottom offshore.
Vermillion snappers are also considered as a food fish. Though, vermillion snapper is not as popular as the red snapper, it can be eaten like other snappers.