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Rhomboplites aurorubens (Vermillion snapper; Vermilion snapper; Small red snapper; Redfish; Red snapper; Plump head; Plumhead; Mingo snapper; Golden-red snapper; Chub-head snapper; Chub head snapper; B-liner; Bastard snapper)

Synonyms: Aprion ariommus; Centropristes aurorubens; Centropristis aurorubens; Mesoprion elegans; Romboplites aurorubens
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Wikipedia Abstract

The vermilion snapper or beeliner, Rhomboplites aurorubens, is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Bermuda including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to Brazil. This species inhabits waters from 40 to 300 m (130 to 980 ft) (though rarer deeper than 100 m (330 ft)) where they can be found in large schools over substrates of sand, gravel, or rock. This species can reach a length of 60 cm (24 in), though most are around 35 cm (14 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 3.2 kg (7.1 lb). It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries. The vermilion snapper is often sold as red snapper.
View Wikipedia Record: Rhomboplites aurorubens


Adult Weight [1]  3.84 lbs (1.74 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  3 years
Male Maturity [1]  3 years
Maximum Longevity [2]  10 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  

Prey / Diet

Albunea paretii (beach mole crab)[3]
Alectis ciliaris (Trevally)[4]
Ampelisca bicarinata[4]
Ampelisca vadorum[3]
Bowmaniella portoricensis[3]
Branchiostoma caribaeum[3]
Bregmaceros cantori (Striped codlet)[4]
Calanopia americana[4]
Caranx hippos (Yellow cavalli)[4]
Creseis clava (straight needle-pteropod)[4]
Cyclaspis varians[3]
Doryteuthis pealeii (longfin inshore squid)[3]
Ervilia concentrica (concentric ervilia)[3]
Labidocera aestiva[3]
Lepophidium brevibarbe (Shortbeard cusk-eel)[4]
Leptochela papulata (light glass shrimp)[3]
Lestrigonus bengalensis[3]
Lucifer faxoni (Lucifer shrimp)[3]
Monoculodes nyei[4]
Mysidopsis furca[4]
Oxyurostylis smithi[3]
Phtisica marina[3]
Phyllodoce longipes[3]
Promysis atlantica[3]
Sardinella aurita (Alache)[3]
Sicyonia typica (kinglet rock shrimp)[3]
Solenocera atlantidis (dwarf humpback shrimp)[3]
Temora stylifera[4]
Temora turbinata[3]
Undinula vulgaris[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Amblycirrhitus pinos (Redspotted Hawkflsh)1
Calamus leucosteus (Whitebone porgy)5
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)1
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)1
Chromis cyanea (Blue chromis)2
Chromis multilineata (Yellow-edge chromis)1
Clepticus parrae (Sorrel chub)2
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)1
Cynoscion arenarius (Sand seatrout)1
Cynoscion nothus (Silver weakfish)1
Haemulon aurolineatum (Seize)1
Harengula clupeola (Sardine)1
Isurus oxyrinchus (Short-finned mako)1
Jenkinsia lamprotaenia (Sweethead fry)1
Lagodon rhomboides (Salt-water bream)1
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)1
Lophius americanus (Monkfish)1
Lutjanus synagris (Walliacke)1
Menticirrhus americanus (Woundhead)1
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Northern kingfish)1
Mustelus canis (Dogfish)1
Mustelus punctulatus (Black spotted smooth hound)1
Opistognathus aurifrons (Yellowhead jawfish)2
Pagellus acarne (Spanish seabream)1
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)1
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)1
Prionotus carolinus (Searobin)1
Prionotus scitulus (Leopard searobin)1
Psammobatis extenta (Zipper sand skate)1
Pseudocaranx dentex (underjaw kingfish)1
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)1
Rioraja agassizii (Rio skate)1
Saurida brasiliensis (Brazilian lizardfish)1
Scomberomorus cavalla (Spanish mackerel)1
Sternoptyx pseudobscura (Hatchetfish)1
Synodus foetens (Soapfish)1
Synodus saurus (Atlantic lizardfish)1
Thalassoma bifasciatum (Tikitiki)1
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)1
Urophycis tenuis (White hake)1
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)1
Xyrichtys splendens (Green Razorfish)1
Zapteryx brevirostris (Lesser guitarfish)1


Euthynnus alletteratus (Little tunny)[4]
Lutjanus campechanus (Red snapper)[4]
Mycteroperca interstitialis (Yellowmouth grouper)[4]
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)[4]
Scomberomorus cavalla (Spanish mackerel)[4]
Squatina dumeril (Atlantic angelshark)[4]


Parasitized by 
Euryhaliotrema tubocirrus[5]
Preptetos trulla[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Florida Aquarium


Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brazil; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; North Brazil Shelf; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: Bermuda and North Carolina, USA, to São Paulo, Brazil (Ref. 57756), including West Indies, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea (Anderson, pers. comm.).;



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Planktonic and benthic feeding by the reef-associated vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens (Teleostei, Lutjanidae), George R. Sedberry, Nicole Cuellar, Fishery Bulletin 91:699-709 (1993)
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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