Dog Snapper-Pawleys Island, South Carolina
I had to have this individual confirmed by a friend with the North Carolina DNR before I decided on it's ID, due to the fact that I caught it in a part of the Atlantic where it's rarely seen. At first I thought it was just a strange colored Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus), but I'm so glad I was wrong!
The dog snapper, ''Lutjanus jocu'', is a snapper in the family Lutjanidae. It is also known as the dogtooth snapper or ''pargue''.