Barred Snapper Photos

The Barred Snapper is a species of snapper native to our Panama waters.  They inhabit rocky areas near coral reefs at depths from very shallow waters to around 160 feet.  This species grows to about 3 feet in total length, though most only reach around 2 feet  This species is important to local inhabitants as a food fish and is also sought as a game fish for our anglers.  Most anglers catch them on cut bait.  Once caught we provide a quick photo then a safe release to live another day.  

Barred Snapper Information

Scientific nameHoplopagrus guentherii

  • The barred snapper is a species of snapper native to the Pacific coast of Central and northern South America from Mexico to Colombia.
  • Rounder in shape than most Snappers with thick lips and stout dorsal spines. The belly is rusty red with dark vertical bars make this one easy to spot.
  • They inhabit rocky areas near coral reefs at depths from very shallow waters to around 160 ft. This species grows to 3 feet in total length, though most only reach 50 cm (20 in).
  • The heaviest known example of this species weighed 21 pounds.
  • This species is important to local inhabitants as a food fish and is also sought as a game fish.

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