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Mutton snappers have a classic snapper body shape with a muted green color on top, and red sides, underbelly, and fins. The most defining features are a black spot on the upper half of their body in line with their anal fin and blue stripes through and below their eyes. Juvenile mutton snappers reside in mangroves and seagrass habitats, while large adults are typically found in offshore reefs along the east coasts of North and South America, especially in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. They are listed as near threatened with decreasing populations on the IUCN Red List.
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